Edited by Thomas Hale Ham, M.D. Price, $5.00. Pp. 496, with numerous figures and charts. Harvard University Press, Cambridge 38, Mass., 1950.
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This paperbound, lithographed volume was produced as part of the second-year course in laboratory diagnosis at Harvard University. Correlation of laboratory tests with the history and physical examination is emphasized, and throughout the book the various procedures are discussed from the point of view of clinical value, availability, cost, principle, method, and limitations and interpretations of the test itself and as a diagnostic aid related to the history and physical examination of the patient.
The book is divided into seven sections. The first is an introduction to laboratory examinations, including units of measure and tables of normal values, costs of various procedures, and a chapter on laboratory data in clinical medicine. The last deals with the choice of procedures, qualitative, semiquantitative, and quantitative determinations, errors and their source. It is something that should be read carefully by all physicians and is not likely to be found elsewhere.
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A Syllabus of Laboratory Examinations in Clinical Diagnosis.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(4):508. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040526016