This edition has been prepared as a basic text for beginning students in clinical chemistry and for laboratory technicians with little or no formal training. In the first section of the book, the author has attempted to provide a very brief and simplified source of miscellaneous information relevant to basic chemistry and laboratory principles. As do other authors who present this limited type of review section, Annino encountered problems of content, organization, and continuity of the discussions; but, in general, the product adequately suited his purpose.
The major portion of the book is concerned with methods. The author has carefully selected those procedures which have been employed by many experienced chemists and that comprehend a variety of the techniques used by laboratory personnel. It is emphasized that "this text is not intended as a reference book of methods." In presenting a particular test, Annino generally discusses what should be considered