Issue 1 of DIAGNOSIS - a UK oriented Diagnostics digest
- is now on WWW
DIAGNOSIS is distributed free of charge to all bona fide
UK laboratories on request. May we ask, via your news group,
that any qualifying group please advise us of their address
in order that we are sure of complete coverage? The initial
mailing list is to 8,000 UK labs.
We have received, in response to the earlier post, very many
requests from overseas. We shall be delighted to extend our
coverage to non-qualifying bodies but, regrettably, need to
ask for handling and postage charges. Please E-mail us with
We wish to apologize for an incorrect URL in the earlier
posting. Unfortunately, we are still getting a few reports
that the site not accessible. We would be very grateful if
you could spare a moment to let us know of any further
problems - and a few *positive* sightings would also help.
The paper pilot version will be published on 2oth March.
Getting the first issue together has been fraught with
problems. When the idea was first conceived it was our
intention to talk about the Web within its pages - this
then evolved into placing the whole publication on the web
- which seemed like quite a simple idea - we know better
now !! and have, needless to say, learned a lot in the last
few weeks. Whilst the paper version *will* (must) contain
straightforward advertising, the web version needs different
treatment. The first issue is a little thin, to say the least,
but we have to start somewhere. As editor, my intention is
to build DIAGNOSIS into a publication where anyone who feels
that they are doing work of interest to the rest of the life
sciences community can send it into us for possible
inclusion - this can be as little as a few lines or as much
as a complete thesis!
This issue features clinical trials on Urine concentrators,
Automated Syphilis testing and Multiple allergen testing
- along with an article on the application of LCR to
Chlamydia detection. The review on vaccine development
gives an overview of developments in this field in recent
years. We have also included features on company news,
the latest products launched in the diagnostics field,
and a section giving information about professional bodies
and relevant clubs in the UK - we couldn't think of a
suitable heading for the 'clubs' page so you will find
it under Bits and Pieces!
The editorial 'For better or for worse' highlights the
way in which pathology services are changing in the UK
- I would be very interested to know how pathology services
are run and funded in the rest of the world. As a medical
laboratory technologist (specialising in microbiology and
immunology) of some 17 years, I know exactly what type
of publication I want to produce - one that is, above all,
interesting to read, informative and one that provides a
forum for exchange of ideas and knowledge.
In subsequent issues (which will be full size - not just
pilot pages ) we shall be covering many topics in depth,
Microbiology, Haematology, Chromatography, Near Patient
Testing, Drug of Abuse Testing, Histology / Cytology,
Diagnostic Screening, Saliva testing - an alternative
to blood, Autoantibody detection, Cell culture,
In-situ Hybridisation, Microscopy plus our regular features.
If anyone has any contributions on the above topics,
or suggestions for areas they think would be
interesting to cover please feel free to contact us as
we are looking forward to your input .
We apologize to those of you who might consider this
to be an inappropriate post. We hope that it is not and
firmly believe that this is an item of news of considerable
interest, in particular, to UK laboratory staff.
Thank you for reading this.