Reduced salaries, raised census and higher collections have in many hospitals throughout the country created an optimism which has been reflected in a general trend toward an improvement of service. Boards of directors have come to rely on the medical staff for advice of a scientific nature. The time is most opportune for a general realization, especially by the older and more influential physicians, of the now developing possibilities. Many hospital laboratories may be anywhere from fifteen to twenty years behind without its staff fully appreciating this defect. It is hoped to set forth a conception of a modern, efficient, yet unpretentious laboratory for a hospital of moderate size, to serve as a measuring stick for institutions in a similar class.
As in other fields, the personnel of a laboratory is its principal limiting agent. It is conceivable, but unlikely, that a laboratory can be all that could be desired