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Haemoglobinometry outside the hospital laboratory

Abstract

Clinical assessment of the presence or severity of anaemia is notoriously fallacious. The frequency of anaemia in both the apparently healthy and the sick makes it necessary to have a simple accurate measure of the haemoglobin level. In the laboratory the measurement can be made with great accuracy (± 1–2%) using one of a number of instruments costing from £60 to £1500. The most expensive machines provide fully automatic operation from initial dilution to final print-out of the result.

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