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December 1, 1951

Clinical Laboratory Methods

JAMA. 1951;147(14):1396-1397. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670310086039

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This book covers a wide variety of clinical tests, including many developed recently. The contents are gathered under the following chapters: general rules and examinations of value in various cases, urinalysis, hematology, blood chemistry, gastric analysis, feces and intestinal parasites, puncture fluid and cerebrospinal fluid examination, sputum, bacteriology, mycology, water and milk examinations, serology, basal metabolism tests, allergy tests, poisons and foreign substances, surgical pathology, indicators, stains and removal of stains.

Spot checking of the directions for performing the tests has revealed several defects. In places the directions are incomplete and ambiguous, e. g., in the directions for storage of urine pending laboratory examination for ascorbic acid. In some instances inexact and indefinite measurements are fostered by failure to specify container size and the use of such units of measure as "fingerbreadth." Examples of antiquated and inconsistent terminology are exemplified in the ascorbic acid tolerance test, where the obsolete term

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