Medicine: Capsules, Apr. 8, 1957

¶ Doctors rely heavily on the results of laboratory tests for both diagnosis and prescription, but 2,500 members of the American Academy of General Practice were warned in St. Louis last week that far too many of the test findings are not accurate, and some are downright wrong. Such test results, said Pathologist Louis S. Smith of Dallas, "can be responsible for a major number of prolongations of illness and some deaths." His suggested remedy: require more formal training for technicians, then pay them better (only 8½% now make $80 a week).

¶ To the post of chief of the...

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