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No matter how well trained and how well read a physician may be, there are times when he must find himself in a void when he studies laboratory reports, which are becoming more and more frequent and complicated as medical science advances. While dependency on laboratory procedure is particularly true of the physician of the hospitalized patient, it also is becoming increasingly necessary to the physician in resolving many of the problems in diagnosis which are so intriguing in the private office. Also, many physicians are unaware as to what is involved in the laboratory when they make requests for laboratory examinations. Every dermatologist should know at least what was behind the scenes in the laboratory; teachers, particularly, should be prepared to round out their presentations to students in this connection. In these circumstances, the busier the physician, the more welcome is a
Approved Laboratory Technique. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(5):429. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510290134032
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