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The four editions in this series of Recent Advances have spanned 17 years. These have been years in which Clinical Pathology, along with other specialties of medicine, has undergone a great deal of change. The basic medical sciences have produced an enormous body of information with varying degrees of relevance to the practice of clinical medicine. The clinical pathologist is faced with the task of selecting and correlating bits of this knowledge from dozens of scientific disciplines and converting them, through the medium of laboratory technology, into useful roles in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The transition from scientific discovery to practical utility has proved exceedingly tedious and time consuming for clinical laboratory workers. We see this reflected in the number of very old methods that continue to be used in day-to-day laboratory practice. Frustrations of the clinical pathologist are expressed many times throughout this volume in such statements
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