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May 19, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(20):1264-1266. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460200050007

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The so-called laboratory methods in clinical diagnosis are of fundamental importance to the general practitioner, the general surgeon, the specialist, and the hospital physician alike. The necessity of the hour is to make it possible for the individual to make as full personal use of these methods as is consistent with reliable and thorough work. It is seen at once that no one is in greater immediate need of clinical laboratory methods than the general physician, and above all the general physician in the country, more or less remote from large cities. The fact is that the introduction of laboratory methods in clinical diagnosis has greatly increased the already heavy responsibility of the general practitioner. The patients in the country are entitled to the same advantages of these new methods—the earlier, more definite diagnosis and all that that means—as the more fortunately situated dweller in the city; and the community

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