Role of the clinical microbiology laboratory in the diagnosis of infections

  • Richard B. ThomsonJr.
  • Lance R. Peterson
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR)


The role of the microbiology laboratory and microbiologist are especially important to the clinician caring for a patient with compromised host defenses. The microbiologist can assist in establishing a differential diagnosis and selection of laboratory tests to make an infectious diagnosis. Complete understanding of microbiology test results not only improves patient management but reduces the cost of medical care.


Blood Culture Polymerase Chain Reac Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Squamous Epithelial Cell Endotracheal Aspirate 
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  • Richard B. ThomsonJr.
  • Lance R. Peterson

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