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May 6, 1939

Synopsis of Clinical Laboratory Methods

JAMA. 1939;112(18):1860. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800180084046

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Two years ago the first edition of this excellent synopsis appeared. It had 324 pages, contained descriptions of the most frequently used laboratory tests and was well liked by physicians and technicians. In the second edition it has been enlarged but the arrangement of the chapters has remained the same. More attention has been given to the clinical significance of laboratory observations. The descriptions of the various procedures are brief but adequate. The black and white illustrations have been increased from thirty-two to fifty-one and the color plates from eleven to seventeen. Additional methods described include the determination of serum phosphatase, titration of staphylococcus antitoxin, use of the peroxidase Giesma stain, cough plate method for the diagnosis of whooping cough, vitamin C titration, test for cyanates in the blood, determination of sulfanilamide in the blood and differential heterophil agglutination for infectious mononucleosis. There are chapters on poisons and foreign substances

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