May 1973

Electronic Instrumentation in the Clinical Laboratory.

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By Philip G. Ackerman, PhD. Price, $16.50. Pp 368, with 244 illustrations. Little, Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(5):758-759. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320110142036

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This book is another in the rapidly growing library on instrumentation and electronics for medical personnel. It covers a broader field than the title suggests. The author has separated the discussion into several areas. After a brief review of fundamentals of electricity and electrical measurements, there are chapters related to the nature of light, light production, and light measurements. Instruments based on the measurements of emission or absorption of light are discussed, and some of the theory of colorimetry and photometry is presented. Next there is a discussion of methods that do not use light. This section covers specific ion electrodes, electrophoresis, chromatography, osmolality, and particle and radioactivity counting.

The second half contains discussions of electronics and includes material on semiconductors and vacuum tubes and some circuits with these components. Also included are discussions of counting circuits and computers.

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