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This second edition was written, according to the author's statement in the preface, for medical students and physicians as a guide in the application and interpretation of laboratory studies. Dr. Wells accomplishes this objective very well. The first chapter describes the indications for laboratory procedures and their interpretation in infectious diseases. The next five chapters deal with the application and interpretation of laboratory procedures in diseases of the gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, kidney and urinary tract, and the blood. The next chapter deals with these procedures in metabolic and endocrine disorders, and there are chapters on clinical laboratory studies in surgery and in obstetrics. The last chapter describes the technique of some of the more commonly used laboratory procedures, and it includes a complete table of normal values. This book is not a laboratory manual, however, and little attention is paid to technique, especially in clinical chemistry, bacteriology,
Clinical Pathology: Application and Interpretation. JAMA. 1957;163(5):406. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970400078031
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