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Illustrated Manual of Laboratory Diagnosis. Indications and Interpretations.

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By COLLINS R. DOUGLAS. , M.D. 280 pages. J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia: , 1968.. Price, $2250.

Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(3):662-664. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-70-3-662_2
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This expensive manual is an unsuccessful attempt to simplify and summarize laboratory medicine with graphic illustrations in the style of certain pharmaceutical house organs. The stated purpose of helping the clinician know how to use the laboratory appropriately and to understand the rationale of each test by putting laboratory information in palatable form and by integrating laboratory tests with other diagnostic tests is commendable but is not accomplished. Simplification and rigidity of the format of presentation and illustration sacrifice much explanation necessary for understanding the rationale of tests and lead to misrepresentations and errors of fact.

Although there is much


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