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January 1974

Methods and Techniques in Clinical Chemistry.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(1):164. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320130166038

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This medium-sized volume (417 pp) contains detailed procedures for 74 different chemical determinations. More specifically, the book details the procedures used at the Stanford Clinical Laboratory where Wolf is the director.

They are arranged in encyclopedic form, alphabetically by the name of the substance; therefore, the book has no index. The test names are well set apart so that it is easy to find any specific test.

One of the most valuable features of the book is the brief but complete and authoritative clinical interpretations at the end of each section. These demonstrate Wolf's proficiency in summarizing clearly and accurately important points in the interpretation of each test. Clinical pathologists, internists, and pathology residents should find these sections very useful.

The procedures are written for a large and well-equipped laboratory that has access to gas chromatography, atomic absorption, autoanalyzers, and Cotlove titrators. The manual is somewhat limited in that often

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