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On Jan 12 and 13, 1978, a workshop on new and useful methods in viral diagnosis was held at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and the North American Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis. The workshop was designed to review recent advances in viral diagnostic techniques, a subject which should be of interest to all practicing pediatricians. The last decade has seen the development of a number of methods that have accelerated the time between the submission of a specimen by a clinician and the reception of useful information on the presence and nature of an infecting virus. Because of these advances, it is quite possible that in the next decade viral diagnosis will become inexpensive, rapid enough to be clinically useful, and widely available to clinicians in the United States. It is the purpose of this Marginal Comment
MCINTOSH K. Recent Advances in Viral Diagnosis. Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(9):849-850. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120340025002