This book emphasizes recent developments in laboratory medicine in a direct, concise style supplemented with informative illustrations. The contents are divided into five sections, namely, bacteriology, biochemistry, hematology, histology, and a special section on laboratory design and apparatus. In each part there is reference to new as well as to established procedures, including those for both research and routine use. Of most importance are the technical directions that are included in detail. The reference list for each section is thorough but selective.
The section on bacteriology emphasizes those procedures useful in the diagnosis of the enteric fevers. Methods for rapid identification of tubercle bacilli include low-power microscopy with the green-filter technique and the use of fluorescent staining. A simplified and useful classification of the fungi is included, as well as suggestions for their identification. The principles of the laboratory diagnosis of viral infections are discussed with commendable emphasis on the