The Physician, Friend or Foe? Education of Physicians in Laboratory Medicine
The persuit of medicine, and its never-ending goal of providing the best possible medical attention for the patient, has today reached a level of sophistication which requires the physician to possess a great deal of understanding in a wide variety of techniques and disciplines. One of these are the laboratory medicine specialties which are utilized in the general care of the patient and are not only associated with a medical specialty. While X-ray and other forms of imaging, as well as other fields are accepted by the physician as bona fide medical specialties from which guidance and consultation are sought, laboratory medicine and its very complex and sophisticated analytical methods are not, in general, accepted as an expert medical field. In many cases the physician considers the laboratory as a service dedicated to provide the clinical ward with numbers which are to be interpreted and applied to the provision of medical treatment for the patient by the physician himself.
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