The current 13th edition of the Todd-Sanford Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods is a welcome addition to the bookshelf of the laboratory. It is a comprehensive text of 951 pages, comprising the essentials in the several laboratory fields of urinalysis, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, clinical microscopy, and serology.
Appropriately the text begins with a brief reference to the historical events leading up to the first edition by the original authors, including significant developments in clinical pathology, prompting the addition of new subject material in subsequent revsions over the years.
Dr. Israel Davidsohn and Dr. Benjamin Wells, in conjunction with the 16 contributing authors, have provided the reader with a concisely compiled volume of highly practical and useful information in diagnostic methodology.
The initial chapter deals with the proper use and care of the microscope, with the addition of excerpts on phase and electron microscopy. Subsequent chapters briefly present the basic