Volume s1-31, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This excellent volume by Thomas Hale Ham and his associates, which grew out of the course in clinical pathology for the medical students at Harvard, presents a fresh and stimulating approach to the teaching of clinical pathology and a much-needed reorientation concerning the role of laboratory examinations in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The teaching of clinical pathology has in the past suffered to a considerable extent from overemphasis of methodology. The students' time and efforts were directed toward attaining skill in the performance of technical procedures rather than toward an understanding of the physiological changes which the procedures were designed to measure. In this book the laboratory aspects of medicine are regarded not merely as ancillary services in the solution of a clinical jig-saw puzzle, but as essential parts of the reasoned and integrated study of a disease problem.


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