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The foregoing bibliographic data indicate something of the magnitude of this almost encyclopedic work. It is divided into the following sections: general considerations, urinalysis, blood chemistry, hematology, blood groups and transfusions, gastric analysis, examination of puncture fluids, examination of sputum, special tests (including vaginal smears, tests for pregnancy, appraisal of semen, etc.), feces, bacteriology, serology, basal metabolism, postmortem examination, cutting and staining of tissue, preparation of museum specimens, toxicology, detection of crime and parasitology and a final chapter on minimum supplies, equipment and reagents for pathologic laboratories. In short, the work is comprehensive and impressive.
The subject matter is treated attractively, with well selected preliminary paragraphs which state the principles underlying the tests, together with their indications. Seldom is this overdone. For the most part, the style is direct, concise and to the point and thus makes for easy reading. The exception is
Clinical Laboratory Methods and Diagnosis. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(2):156. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510080068021
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