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June 12, 1967

Clinical Pathology: Interpretation and Application

Author Affiliations

Chapel Hill, NC

JAMA. 1967;200(11):1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120240133049

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Clinical pathology is, perhaps, the most complex of medical disciplines, since it touches on virtually every disease and most of the separate medical sciences. This fourth edition of a well-known clinical pathology text attempts to organize the complexity of laboratory medicine. New, since the previous edition five years ago, is the section entitled "Genetic, Endocrine, and Metabolic Disorders," in which new discoveries and long-known principles are integrated under appropriate categories. Instead of presenting the material as "Studies in Surgery," and "Studies in Obstetrics," the authors now distribute the information according to the affected system. Their intent is to show how laboratory procedures illuminate pathophysiologic changes and to guide the clinician in the optimum use of laboratory resources. The individual reader will have to decide if they succeed. I think their success is partial at best.

The reader who consults appropriate chapters may become oppressed by the complexity of his problem,