If we pause for a moment to consider what a valuable aid to diagnosis, differential diagnosis and prognosis is afforded by the microscopical examination of the blood—in itself a comparatively simple procedure—we can not fail to wonder at the indefiniteness of information to which most medical men must confess in regard to the subject. The cause of this shortcoming, however, need not be far sought, and lies in the fact that it is only within a short period that the medical institutions of this country have provided instruction and laboratories for study in this important branch. Indeed, the entire subject is still in its infancy of investigation.
There are many important and practical instances in which this method lends a valuable aid in the establishment of accurate and scientific diagnosis, as well as assists in determining prognosis. Little is required in the way of apparatus, and only a moderate degree
BRANDEIS JW. THE VALUE OF BLOOD EXAMINATION FOR DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(21):1318–1321. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620470008001b
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