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Where are the Seurm charts of Yesteryear?
December 21, 2012 8:57 AM   Subscribe

A couple years back there was an FPP of a very large blood serum values/ranges chart. It was favorited repeatedly as an example of great data visualization. I believe the source of the image was Wikipedia but I can't find it there now. Does this ring any bells?
posted by clarknova to MetaFilter-Related at 8:57 AM (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Probably not what you're looking for, but there was this neat chart on scientific evidence for health supplements as posted here.
posted by exogenous at 9:16 AM on December 21, 2012


Here:

http://www.metafilter.com/97838/Reference-ranges-for-blood-tests-by-molarity
posted by jjray at 9:31 AM on December 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


Could it have been this blood test results summary, which is frequently cited as an example of functional application of design aesthetics in medicine?
posted by charmcityblues at 11:38 AM on December 21, 2012


Yes, jjray, that was it. Thanks!
posted by clarknova at 12:07 PM on December 21, 2012


Perhaps I'm missing something, but I don't see how the molarity scale graphic is very useful. I mean, for each blood test it's useful to know the reference range for the test, because that is how we know if the value is a normal value or not. But how does having all the values on a chart to compare to one another help?
posted by treehorn+bunny at 6:32 PM on December 21, 2012


It's useful for anyone who wants to think about the relative difficulty, based on the relative amounts, of detecting the particular substances ...it's going to be a lot more difficult to detect and quantify the substances present at low molarity than those at high concentrations. and even if you're looking at something not on this chart, it's helpful to keep in mind the things that are present in abundance and might interfere just because they are so abundant.
posted by Tandem Affinity at 7:48 PM on December 21, 2012


I see - that makes sense!
posted by treehorn+bunny at 8:40 PM on December 21, 2012


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