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July 1974

Legal Aspects of Laboratory Medicine.

Author Affiliations

Fitchburg, Mass

Arch Surg. 1974;109(1):127. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360010101038

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A practicing and teaching pathologist who is a member of the Florida bar gives us a terse but rather intense survey of those parts of the law that regulate or otherwise impinge on the practice of pathology. To the reviewers who are not members of the bar, the discussion appears explicit and rigorous. In spots, evidence of a sense of humor illuminates the prosaic subject matter.

Much of the information in this book has already reached the beginning pathologist by hearsay in a less explicit and less organized pattern. The author has put this information in logical and literate sequence, has added details from codified and courtroom law, and has set up warnings to mark pits into which others have fallen. The law regulating clinical laboratories in Florida is printed in full; federal laws and regulations are given in excerpt plus summary.

The longest section of the book, "Legal Aspects

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