International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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A Day in the Life of a Clinical Chemist Laboratory

Activity by Sheehan Misko   |   added on Mar 10, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Clinical Chemistry for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Peter Wilding, now an emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a young clinical chemist at the Los Angeles County Hospital. This film demonstrates the remarkable journey of our profession and the astonishing advances make in almost a century.

1.      A Day in the Life of a Clinical Chemistry Laboratory:: In 1966, Peter Wilding, now an emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a young clinical chemist at the Los Angeles County Hospital in 1966, then a 2000-bed hospital.  He filmed this documentary at his hospital and recently added narration. This film demonstrates the remarkable journey of our profession and the astonishing advances made in almost half a century.  The Technicon AA1, the Klett spectrophotometer, the reagents and instrument repair rooms, the then sophisticated 24-hour urine volume measuring device, safety precautions or lack thereof, and the women’s hairstyles of the 1960s will undoubtedly make you nostalgic, give you sense of pride of our advancements, and put a smile on your face.  One can not help to wonder, what a clinical chemist will think in 2060 about a similar film made in our today’s “sophisticated” laboratories; “they used real blood back then, how primitive, how barbaric!!”.  A link to view this film and a short commentary by Dr. Wilding will be published in Clinical Chemistry at www.clinchem.org.


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