CH. ALTSHULER, M.D.
To the editor: The editorial by Schroeder and Martin (1) in the April issue reflects "conventional wisdom" as it relates to the clinical laboratory. Because repetition of erroneous statements may ultimately be mistaken for the truth and because it is frustrating to clinical pathologists, trying to set the record straight is probably important. Enough is enough!
We have computer access to the laboratory information of roughly 180 000 inpatient encounters in a 570-bed community hospital during 7½ years, and the following comments reflect our findings with this data base relative to the claims expressed in the editorial. Let us take
ALTSHULER C. Use of Laboratory Tests. Ann Intern Med. ;95:237–238. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-237
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