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When a reviewer damns a book on its details, he is open to the reciprocal damning of "nits-picker." He is urged to keep his critical eyes on "the broad view." But should one deliberately overlook flaws in detail of a handbook that in purporting to be a complete and accurate source of data must necessarily put its reputation on the strength of its details?
Some of the most conspicuous errors and omissions appear in the very tables of this Handbook which are most likely to be consulted, those of chemical values for blood and urine. Normal serum sodium is given
Handbook of Clinical Laboratory Data.. Ann Intern Med. ;63:928–929. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-63-5-928_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;63(5):928-929.
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