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July 18, 1936

Synopsis of Clinical Laboratory Methods

JAMA. 1936;107(3):237. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770290065034

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In the words of the author as stated in the preface, "the object of this synopsis is to bring together in a small volume for ready reference the more recent information and the most frequently used methods of laboratory diagnosis." Dr. Bray has accomplished his purpose excellently. The book begins with a list of the various services and special cases and the tests and routines applied to each. Then follow well organized, well illustrated chapters on every division of laboratory work: urinalysis, blood chemistry, bacteriology and surgical pathology. Each begins with a brief discussion of general rules and procedures that apply to the subject under consideration. Next are the routine and special procedures. Each is given specifically; only reliable new methods and most of the more favored methods are included. The author states, when necessary, which methods are preferable for determining certain facts, and gives the relative reliability and significance

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