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III. The Laboratory, the Physician, and Diagnosis of Infection |

The Laboratory Microbiologist in Clinical Medicine

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▸ Requests for reprints should be addressed to Thomas L. Gavan, M.D.; Department of Microbiology, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Cleveland, OH 44106.

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© 1978 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(5_Part_2):789-790. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-5-789
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Laboratory microbiology provides to clinicians caring for patients with infectious diseases objective data regarding etiologic agent identification and antimicrobial susceptibility. Mutual communication is essential to ensure appropriate selection of materials for culture, prompt collection and transport, and efficacious handling in the laboratory. Training programs for physicians and clinical scientists are too few in number and are in need of expansion. Programs in pathology and postdoctoral programs must emphasize clinical and laboratory experience so that communication can be improved.





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