One wonders why this book was written. The authors' preface states, "The purpose of this small volume is to produce a readable, practical manual for the medical student, the physician desiring a short review, and the medical technologist faced with the daily operation of the urinalysis laboratory." To this reviewer the book appears to accomplish none of these goals. It is far too technical for the usual medical student, it is not nearly clinical enough for the physician, and the technical features are too sketchy and incomplete for use by the medical technologist. All groups are served better by existing monographs, articles, and sections of major textbooks on clinical pathology and laboratory medicine.
An example of the problems in the book is the chapter on the Addis Count. First, the authors say that the Addis Count is of essentially no value and is not currently used. Then, they use 1