February 1974

Progress in Clinical Pathology.

Author Affiliations

New York City


Edited by Mario Stefanini. Price, $24.75. Pp 340. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 111 Fifth Ave., New York 10003, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(2):324. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320140162035

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The salient problems of the clinical laboratory specialist and the medical practitioner often represent different aspects of the same disease. In this new volume, seven such subjects are discussed very competently. Topics are selected with deliberate concern for correlation of laboratory methods with clinical testing and with application of test results to the overall clinical impression.

Habeeb Bacchus has written a superior review of testing for endocrine abnormalities. Not only is the preferred methodology discussed for the particular hormone assay (with pathophysiological mechanisms delineated), but clinical diagnostic efforts are also explored with emphasis on assessment of function.

Another timely essay concerns radioimmunoassay procedures for hormones, digoxin, and other substances. The viral aspects of infectious mononucleosis and hepatitis and the current laboratory tests are reviewed. Infectious disease committee standards and procedures at Hartford Hospital are explained in detail by Raymond Bartlett. Laboratory aspects of coronary heart disease and surgical procedures for

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