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The optimal use of diagnostic procedures has a marked effect on not only the accuracy of diagnosis but also the cost of medical care. Dr. Mandell's excellent book is organized around organ systems, with additional sections on normal ranges; specificity and sensitivity; therapeutic drug monitoring; blood gases and electrolytes; and diseases associated with pregnancy. A plea for using SI (Système International) units by Dr. Baron will probably go unheeded, although more familiarity with molecular weights and molar concentrations would certainly improve the understanding of the chemical pathologic aspects of disease. The use of radiography imaging, computered axial tomography, and ultrasound
Laboratory Medicine in Clinical Practice: Practical and Efficient Use of the Laboratory in Patient Management.. Ann Intern Med. ;100:624–625. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-4-624_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(4):624-625.
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