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February 17, 1951

Practical Procedures in Clinical Medicine

JAMA. 1951;145(7):528. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920250080033

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In this small volume the author endeavors to bring together under one cover descriptions of all the practical procedures used in the investigation and treatment of medical patients. For the most part he has been successful, but in a future edition a number of procedures might be added and others modified or omitted. The importance of an exact etiological diagnosis based on the bacteriologic examination of the various body fluids and secretions is not sufficiently emphasized. Reference to dark field examination has been completely omitted. Although liver biopsy is mentioned, other simple biopsy procedures, such as those of lymph node, skin, muscle and cervix, are neglected. The growing importance of the Papanicolaou technic in the diagnosis of cancer is not sufficiently emphasized. In the hematological section, the directions for performance of reticulocyte and platelet counts are omitted, and it is suggested that, in a future edition, some of the more

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