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March 4, 1939

"CLINICAL LABORATORIES AND THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY"

JAMA. 1939;112(9):869. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800090079023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The editorial "Clinical Laboratories and the American Chemical Society" in The Journal February 4 interests me. I infer that the work of clinical laboratories is "principally a commercial problem ancillary to the practice of medicine."Undoubtedly this attitude fully explains why the American Hospital Association feels that the services of radiologists, physical therapists, anesthetists, cardiologists, pathologists and clinical pathologists should be included in group hospitalization projects, since, as has been stated in the journals of the hospital associations, these specialists cannot really be considered as practicing medicine, because they "merely carry out the orders of the practitioners of medicine, are subordinates, and assume no responsibility to the patient." Hence the term "ancillary" in the editorial sponsored by the American Medical Association strikes an ominously resonant note.As a pathologist and clinical pathologist I find expression difficult under the circumstances. Having entered the field of pathology because I

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