Interpretive Enzymology.

A. O. Severance, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(1):88-89. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300060090033.
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This is a compact, concisely written little book with 15 chapters, some very short, some longer. The 44 tables and 51 illustrations are most useful in saving space and in emphasizing the meat of the discussions. The authors describe various tests of enzymological nature used in different diseases and present their good and bad features with recommendations as to which are most helpful. This book will guide the clinician most satisfactorily in his rational selection ofenzymological procedures.

As a general pathologist, I was most helped by the chapters on hepatobiliary diseases, disorders of skeletal muscle, pancreatitis, diseases of bone, and myocardial damage. I was amazed at the large number of enzyme studies that are not done in routine laboratory work but have been used as research tools. The authors discourage the use of all but those of proven reliability and practilacity.

The average internist and clinical pathologist will be well


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