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June 25, 1960

Microchemical Methods for Blood Analysis

JAMA. 1960;173(8):970. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020260110030

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This book, clearly and in detail, describes the equipment and methods for the performance of many chemical analyses of the blood useful in the practice of clinical medicine. Microtechniques require from 0.02 to 0.1 ml. of serum, and thus capillary as well as venous blood may be used. The author addresses himself not to experienced chemists but to those beginning in the field or without wide experience and to those whose primary interests may not be in clinical chemistry but who may have some responsibility for laboratory procedures. Viewed in this perspective, the volume is valuable because it gives detailed information on matters that the experienced chemist would take for granted. For example, the names of supply houses for a particular item of equipment are listed. The author also tells how to wash and calibrate pipets and how to prepare, store, and test reagents.

Each method is preceded by a

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