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October 10, 1936

Interpretation of Laboratory Findings

JAMA. 1936;107(15):1245. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770410067028

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This is a concise collection of facts regarding the usual routine laboratory tests and their interpretation. The first part is devoted to a brief discussion of the normal values and the interpretation of abnormal values of the various body fluids and excretions. The second part is an alphabetical listing of diseases that show abnormal laboratory examinations. The third part is a short synopsis of the pathologic physiology of the body fluids and excreta, and the concluding part takes up methods of collecting and preparing body fluids and tissues for the laboratory. Such an organization is well adapted to the needs of the busy practitioner of medicine but it is doubtful whether the unusually brief treatment of the various subjects will satisfy his needs. It would also appear logical to have the third part, which deals with the pathologic physiology of body fluids and excreta, occupy the introductory chapter. In interpreting

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