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Terminology[edit]

Does anyone mind if we change (for a more limited definition, etc) to (also known as clinical biochemistry or clinical chemistry)? Ian Mc

Nope, it would probably be a good move. Any difference between chem path and clin chem could be explained in the article. T 04:18, 13 Apr 2004 (UTC)

I never heard the term chemical pathology...my degree is Clinical Chemistry - are there labs called "chemical pathology"? NanF

We may want to consider shifting the main page to "clinical chemistry". I will do so in a week or so if there are no objections. -Rustavo 07:03, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
Chemical Pathology is a UK term but is not uniformly applied. Clinical chemistry is more likely to be found in the US where, as University system doesn't have Biochemistry as an independent subject, they therefore also don't have Clinical Biochemistry labs. I would support a merger of the pages as it makes no difference to the test profiles whatever the lab calls itself. Ianmc 21:13, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
On checking the American Board of Pathology webpage, the US certification officially is "Combined Clinical Pathology and Chemical Pathology". The pages are already merged, since "clinical chemistry" redirects here. I've changed my mind - let's keep it the way it is. - Rustavo 17:13, 6 April 2007 (UTC)


OK, now I've changed my mind again. I am trying to take a systematic approach to nomenclature issues for pathology-related pages as part of Wikiproject Pathology, using a combination of # of google hits, # of pubmed hits, and governing body preference. Despite the governing body preference for chemical pathology, clinical chemistry is clearly the more commonly used term on the Web in general and in biomedical publications:

Synonym_________________| Google hits | Pubmed Hits | Governing body preferred? | Main page, or redirect?

Chemical pathology_________969,000______3,324________Yes(ABP-U.S.)_____________Redirect (currently main)

Clinical chemistry__________1,500,000_____34,736________________________________Main (currently redir)

Clin chem wins best 2/3. I will go ahead and move this page to clinical chemistry shortly. -Rustavo 23:49, 7 April 2007 (UTC)


OK, after moving this page from Chemical pathology, I updated all the pages with double redirects and found that most of them were actually piped links such that the text on the page already read "clinical chemistry." So apparently most wikipedia editors also agree that "clinical chemistry" is the preferred term. -Rustavo 00:09, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

lol.