ROY E. RITTS JR., M.D.
A heightened awareness of potential immunologic mechanisms in various diseases has led increasingly to extensive and expensive immunologic testing of patients. As a result, most immunologists share a growing concern that many tests of immune function are prematurely applied in practice, and are inappropriate and far too costly for patients. This notion suggests a reversal of the accusation that medicine is very slow to adopt the clinical advances in both science and technology; indeed, this situation may be a case of too much science being clinically applied too soon.
In May 1981, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored a meeting
RITTS RE. Clinical Utility of Immunologic Tests. Ann Intern Med. ;96:779–781. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-779
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_part_1):779-781.
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