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April 1949

Clinical Laboratory Methods and Diagnosis: A Textbook on Laboratory Procedures, with Their Interpretation.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1949;83(4):471. doi:10.1001/archinte.1949.00220330111014

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This monumental work includes in its three volumes descriptions of all the "laboratory procedures" used in ordinary clinical practice; one finds here conveniently brought together material which usually must be sought in various books. Dr. Gradwohl's vast experience guarantees one's confidence, and it is a pleasure on turning through these pages to find what an excellent and comprehensive job has been achieved. One cannot review in detail such a mass of material; suffice it to say that the descriptions of the various procedures are given in full and are profusely illustrated with cuts and tables. In a book of this sort it is hardly to be expected that the selection of material could be perfect, and in the approach to completeness occasional obsolete or useless tests are included. This is especially to be noted in the discussion of gastric analysis, which is mainly a repetition of the old procedures which

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