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The committee appointed by the Chairman of the Section on Practice of Medicine make the following report:
In selecting the material used in making the test the choice between: a, serum, b, dried blood, c, fluid blood, and d, blister fluid, will depend largely upon whether the object be scientific research, clinical diagnosis in hospital or private practice, or public laboratory diagnosis where the samples have to be sent some distance.
In spite of considerable variation in technique, there has been a remarkable uniformity in the results obtained by those taking part in the discussion, and their average of about 95 per cent. of successes agrees with the general average of the cases, nearly four thousand, thus far recorded in medical literature.
Each of several methods of technique advocated may thus give good results in the hands of those thoroughly familiar with the details found necessary in each case and the
Welch WH, Johnston W, Musser JH, et al. Summary of Views Expressed at the Discussion on Serum Diagnosis at the Meeting of the American Medcal Association at Philadelphia. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(7):314–315. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440330014001d
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