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January 8, 1910

THE LABELING OF DRIED BLOOD-FILMS

JAMA. 1910;LIV(2):125. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550280001001l
Abstract

It is the practice at this quarantine station to make blood examinations for malaria from the stained specimen, and to keep on file for six months or more such as show a positive finding.

It often occurs that a number of slides are made at one time, or a number of slides from one patient are taken at different hours. Such slides are labeled at once, with the name, date, hour and minute, temperature of the patient when taken, name of vessel from which the case was removed; and, after staining the preparation and completing the examination, the findings, such as "estivoautumnal rings," "crescents," "ovoids," "rings and crescents," "tertian rings," "tertian mature," "quartan," "segmenting," etc.

A simple method of labeling these slides has been adopted, which is a mere modification of one described by Stephens and Christophers, who say:1

Films should always be labeled as soon as possible, otherwise uncertainty

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