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The array of information that has become available at the mere puncture of a peripheral vein is truly astounding. The exponential growth of the medical laboratory provides the physician the means to dissect virtually every body fluid into its picogram or nanogram components. This resource, however, extends but does not replace deductive reasoning. Clearly, the skillful use of the laboratory demands the intelligent selection and interpretation of the potential information it has to offer.
Several available sources discuss either the analytic approach to laboratory test procedures or the distribution of test results in health and disease. The former is usually
Chemical Diagnosis of Disease.. Ann Intern Med. ;94:716–717. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-5-716_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(5):716-717.
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