The Role of Clinical Chemistry in Preventive Medicine
The recent trend in clinical medicine has been to emphasize the treatment of incurable diseases rather than their prevention. However, as the saying goes, “Prevention is the best treatment”; that is, medical care should try to prevent a disease before it occurs rather than to treat a disease after it has developed. It is, therefore, imperative that laboratory methodology develop to the extent that it can detect subclinical conditions and predispositions to diseases prior to their clinical manifestations.
KeywordsMass Screening Congenital Hypothyroidism Neonatal Screening Maple Syrup Urine Disease Thyroxine Binding Globulin
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