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June 1972

Clinical Laboratory Computerization.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(6):1001-1002. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320060149031

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This short monograph is directed specifically to pathologists and laboratory administrators who are faced with the problem of assessing the relative merits of various forms of automatic data processing equipment when applied to the clinical laboratory. It contains a short nontechnical outline of computer principles, an outline of the art of programming, and a description of much of the commercially available hardware. There are numerous photographs of computers, terminals, and sundry peripherals commendably free from the long-legged young ladies who usually adorn computer advertisements.

I am skeptical of the possibility or even the desirability of giving an account of the terminology and modus operandi of computers within the space of a few pages, for there are too many unsuccessful attempts at laboratory automation pointing to the truth of the adage that "a little learning is a dangerous thing." It is unlikely that this book will do much to increase the

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