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June 1964

Todd-Sanford Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):904-905. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120104029

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Although we resist the change from the familiar, we must nonetheless assess a change for it may be an improvement. The familiar Todd-Sanford has undergone a change in this edition. One of the outstanding changes is multiple authorship—18 contributors (including both editors) who write 25 chapters on methods and significance of clinical laboratory procedures as aids to diagnosis. The various contributors have a laboratory flavor, yet they are clinically oriented. They correlate test and clinical significance—and often point out which of alternate tests is the most suitable. Chapters chosen for special mention for their excellence or comprehensiveness are those on serum enzyme determinations, liver function tests, hematology, and the comprehensive chapter on bacteria, protozoa, helminths, and arthropods.

The reader may wonder how the above book resembles or differs from a collateral text, Cantarow and Trumper's Clinical Biochemistry (Saunders), of which the sixth edition was published in 1962. Cantarow and Trumper

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