July 1960

Laboratory Manual of Clinical Chemistry for the Children's Hospital of Columbus.

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By Samuel Meites, Ph.D. Price, $3.75. Pp. 130, with 10 illustrations. Available from Children's Hospital, Columbus 5, Ohio, 1959.

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(1):155. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040157028

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Professor Meites has compiled a useful manual for the clinical chemistry section of a children's hospital. The text is extremely clear to follow. Even though at times the text seems repetitious, it apparently was done intentionally to prevent any misunderstanding on the part of the user—obviously an average medical technologist. The "Notes" at the end of each procedure give major sources of possible error, useful hints, and the rationale for the reagents used. This, together with a brief statement of principle at the beginning of the procedure gives the user an understanding that would go a long way to assure reliable results. Many of the procedures are described for two and occasionally three ranges of sample size; this flexibility would be particularly valuable where the sample size might not be sufficiently large. The manual is arbitrarily divided into two sections with the second one devoted to special procedures. Many of

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