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December 6, 1913

Clinical Pathology.

JAMA. 1913;61(23):2092-2093. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350240066041

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The author attempts to describe in a reasonable compass such laboratory investigations as have a practical bearing on diagnosis and treatment. No list of references is given, and the names of authorities unless definitely associated with a special reaction are for the most part omitted. The text is divided into eight sections—on blood, bacteriology, puncture fluids, urine, alimentary system, eye and skin, respiratory tract and histology. We question whether there is need for a work of this kind. It is neither a book on clinical diagnosis nor a clinical pathology. It contains much of normal histology and laboratory technic and comparatively little of real clinical pathology. Within the limited space of four hundred pages the author has tried to write a number of compends. The most pretentious chapter is the one devoted to bacteriology. There is no evidence of tests or clinical pathology. Twenty-five pages are given over to a

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