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Practical guide to the safe and accurate performance of basic laboratory techniques, intended for laboratory technicians working in peripheral-level laboratories in developing countries. Aimed at people working in with limited equipment in places where the climate is hot and humid. Describes the setting-up of a peripheral health laboratory, techniques for the examination of different specimens of helminths, protozoa, bacteria and fungi and describes the examination of urine, cerebrospinal fluid and blood. For each technique, a list of materials and reagents is given, followed by a detailed description of the method and results of microscopic examination.