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October 22, 1938

A Textbook of Clinical Pathology

JAMA. 1938;111(17):1589-1590. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790430073030

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The late Foster M. Johns of Tulane University had organized and nearly finished the work of this book at the time of his death in 1936. It represents the cooperative efforts of twelve different contributors, brought to completion under the editorship of Roy R. Kracke of Emory University. The use of multiple authors in the writing of a textbook of clinical pathology is commendable. There is probably no clinical pathologist today who is so thoroughly grounded in physiologic chemistry and serology and hematology, for instance, that he could be considered a first rank authority in all these fundamental branches of clinical pathology. Yet those who expect to find in this book something altogether new or extraordinary will be disappointed. The book has distinct merit but, taken as a whole, it is not exceptional.

The introduction to each subject clearly states the problems to be considered and their importance. Following descriptions

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