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January 1, 1982

Applied Biochemistry of Clinical Disorders

JAMA. 1982;247(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320260066044

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There has been and there appears to be a continuing increase in the number of biochemical analyses (tests) used to diagnose disease and to monitor disease progress, and there is every reason to believe that the number will increase. At the same time, our knowledge of fundamental biochemistry (in its broadest sense) is also increasing. What to teach medical students then becomes a matter of concern. Certainly, they must be given a sound base in biochemistry and, where possible, the biochemistry of man, but as they begin to approach clinical medicine, they must be given an introduction to the use of biochemistry for the care of the patient. They must be taught what disease processes can be evaluated by biochemical tests and the relationships of the test used to the disease process. This is the applied biochemistry of man.

This text by Gornall and 24 colleagues (with one exception Canadians)