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Manual of Clinical Chemistry

Nature volume 149, page 485 (02 May 1942) | Download Citation



METHODS of precision play an important part in modern medicine: they constantly seek, by the plain accuracy of scientific statement, to clarify clinical findings, to reinforce judgment, and to place opinion on a stable basis. Their proved value, proved by the work of an older generation, has broadened and amplified their place and scope, growth rapidly pushing forward with each new and accepted success. The present generation has in the physical, such as X-rays, and the chemical, such as the numerous tests whereby the intimate functions of the body metabolism can be observed, become familiar with new weapons which are now as much clinical necessities as a thermometer or a stethoscope. So far the field of value of such measures remains largely diagnostic and prognostic; the therapeutic application, without decrying the place of the exact control observations possible in many diseases, still rather lags behind.

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