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March 24, 1951

Diagnostic Procedures and Reagents: Technics for the Laboratory Diagnosis and Control of the Communicable Diseases

JAMA. 1951;145(12):940. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920300080033

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Primarily intended as a guide to the laboratory worker, this book represents more than a mere manual of procedures, since it includes explanations of the principles underlying the methods described. At times the clinical aspects of the disease have been included in the discussion to guide laboratory personnel in the collection and handling of appropriate specimens. The bulk of the book is of most interest to technicians in clinical laboratories. The treatment of such technical material is commendable in that it has been made comfortably readable.

There are many interesting observations prefacing the technical discussions. For example, there is the note that the laborious typing of pneumococci is no longer necessary with the advent of the various antibiotics. Colored plates showing the various stages in the life history of the malaria parasites are a new addition in this edition and are a visual aid to the microscopist to be used

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