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December 19, 1953

Standard Methods of Clinical Chemistry. Volume I

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By the American Association of Clinical Chemists. Editor-in-Chief: Miriam Reiner, Director, Chemistry Laboratory, Gallinger Municipal Hospital, Washington, D. C. Cloth. $4.50. Pp. 142, with illustrations. Academic Press, Inc., 125 East 23rd Street, New York 10, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330079039

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In its constitution, written in 1948, the American Association of Clinical Chemists pledged to standardize and codify chemical methods of analysis used in clinical laboratories. This volume is the first in a series compiled to meet this objective. It contains instructions for performing the commonest routine laboratory tests; specialized subjects will be treated in the later volumes. Each method first was tested in the laboratory of the chemist submitting it. Then it was sent to checkers who retested it for "validity and practicality" on normal and pathological specimens. While the nature of the individual test has somewhat influenced the style in which the chapters are written, all consider the scope of the test and give the names and affiliations of the submitters and checkers of the test; references to the original literature; the underlying principle; and methods of preparing the reagents, collecting and pretreating the samples, and performing the assays.

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