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October 15, 1932

Clinical Interpretation of Laboratory Reports.

JAMA. 1932;99(16):1378. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740680074038

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There has been the complaint from practitioners that those interested in laboratory diagnosis are so engrossed in the mother sciences of chemistry, physiology and pathology that they fail to give adequate attention to the correlation with the clinical approach. There is doubtless much truth on both sides, so much, in fact, as to justify the publication of this book if only to give the critics something to shoot at. As is clearly stated in the preface, "the book is intended for clinicians whose primary interest is the care of their patients and whose knowledge must be ever broadening through things of attested value." Under existing conditions it is almost impossible for even a qualified practitioner of medicine to perform the technical duties of a laboratory worker; hence he must avail himself of a skilled technician or laboratory services. The purpose of this book is to evaluate for the clinician those

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