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The field of clinical rheumatology rests on an accurate patient history and a careful physical examination. This subspecialty is bereft of the hard, objective, diagnostic data that characterize the other, more scientific, clinical disciplines. However, the physician has a useful looking glass in which to glean an image of the pathologic process at hand. This looking glass is the synovial exudate in the inflamed or deranged joint. Obtaining and examining this exudate is one of the few cardinal diagnostic tools of the rheumatologist and, for that matter, any primary care physician who has to deal with a patient having objective
A Practical Handbook of Joint Fluid Analysis.. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:775–776. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-100-5-775_5
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