MEDICAL CENTER LAB by Melvin Berger

MEDICAL CENTER LAB

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The variety, accessibility, and inherent interest of the investigations conducted in medical centers makes this lab tour in the Scientists at Work series pattern more successful than many. In ""Clinical Labs,"" the first of two sections, Berger shows how ""scientists help physicians treat the patients in the medical center"" by doing a number of rush tests in the emergency lab, culturing blood samples in bacteriology, putting blood through a centrifuge and an automatic analyzer in biochemistry, doing biopsies in pathology, and examining stools in parasitology. Then come ""Research Labs,"" where a doctor penetrates a pregnant uterus with a needlescope in perinatology and others do growth research on dwarfs, monitor heart functioning with ultrasound and catheters, and study rats' brains for drug effects and aggressive behavior. As usual Berger refers repeatedly to ""scientists"" where more specific designations would be more instructive, and as usual the accompanying photos of external operations are unilluminating, but at least in this visit you not only meet the Seientists but also get a handle on their Work.

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 1976
Publisher: John Day - dist. by T. Y. Crowell