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Every medical subspecialty has developed a particular group of laboratory procedures which its practitioners depend on in the diagnosis and management of patients seen in their practices. Rheumatology has been slow in developing such a list. The first effort in this direction was the classic monograph of Ropes and Bauer on synovial fluid analysis published in 1953. The first edition of Laboratory Diagnostic Procedures in the Rheumatic Diseases, published in 1967, was a second
milestone. In that volume Dr. Alan Cohen and his collaborators attempted to codify the methodology and interpretation of most of the laboratory methods commonly used by
Laboratory Diagnostic Procedures in the Rheumatic Diseases.. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:441–442. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-83-3-441_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(3):441-442.
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