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Atlas of Synovial Fluid Analysis and Crystal Identification

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Schumacher H. Ralph Jr, Reginato Antonio J.. . 257 pages. Philadelphia: : Lea & Febiger; ; 1991.. $125.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(8):664. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-115-8-664_5
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Synovial fluid analysis is the cornerstone of the diagnosis of many rheumatic diseases, and correct handling and interpretation of the fluid is crucial. Despite the importance of this procedure, only a few textbooks and articles have been devoted to this subject. The authors, two noted experts in the field, set out to create "the definitive reference source for those engaged in synovial fluid analysis." There is no doubt that they have succeeded. The first 100 pages of the Atlas describe general principles of synovial fluid handling, gross characteristics, cell counts, wet preps, staining techniques, and methods of crystal identification. Important


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