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August 2000

The Impact of New Diagnostic Tests on the Management of Children With Fever

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(8):761-762. doi:10.1001/archpedi.154.8.761

RECENTLY POLYMERASE chain reaction (PCR) has been compared with the introduction of the printing press.

Before the advent of movable type, scholarship was greatly hindered by a lack of access to necessary texts. Even a journey to the library of a far-away monastery did not guarantee finding one of the few existing copies of a book, and the volume, once found after a long search, might prove to be a faulty copy produced by a careless scribe. Gutenberg's invention of printing from movable type revolutionized scholarship, leading to an explosion of new knowledge.1