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July 1958

Chemical Methods in Clinical Medicine.

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By G. A. Harrison, B.A., M.D., B.Ch. Price, $11.00. Pp. 667, with 163 illustrations. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 4th Ave., New York 16, 1957.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(1):166. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260190168026

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The present volume is a survey of general clinical chemistry. A significant portion of the book is devoted to simple equipment which can be made by anybody versed in laboratory work. Unfortunately, the description is limited to items available in England, and American readers would have to make some more or less ingenious substitutions.

The scope of the methods discussed is very much the same as that found in standard American texts, and, in fact, some of the analytical procedures described by Harrison have been superseded in this country by methods which are either more exact or simpler to perform. One very interesting chapter discusses the problem of pigmentation and the detection of certain substances. This topic ordinarily is passed over in American laboratory handbooks.

Except for interest and curiousity about the activities of our English colleagues, there is little reason to prefer this volume over such standard sources as

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