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In a number of situations the clinician depends on laboratory support for appropriate treatment. In no area of medicine is such support more important than in infectious diseases. A sine qua non for good medical care in treating an infected patient is reliable, efficient, and rapid laboratory analysis. More recently another concern has been cost. To meet these requirements in a cost-effective way a practical and important question asked by clinicians, microbiologists and hospital administrators is what bacteriologic tests should be performed and how detailed should they be. Should bacteria be speciated? How important are antimicrobial sensitivity tests and which
Significance of Medical Microbiology in the Care of Patients.. Ann Intern Med. ;88:138. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-1-138_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(1):138.
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