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Dr. Allan S. Curry, in his chairman's introduction to this symposium of 22 participants and discussants, asks many questions about the role of the toxicology laboratory in helping the clinician in his differential diagnosis of the patient who may or may not be poisoned. Initially it should be pointed out that the book does not answer all of the questions and really leaves us with our present situation, a lack of communication between physician and laboratory. Realistically, there just are not enough "quick, cheap, and dirty" tests that can be used, for example, in identifying the cause of coma. One
The Poisoned Patient: The Role of the Laboratory.. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:291. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-2-291_1
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