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July 12, 1930

The Blood Picture and Its Clinical Significance (Including Tropical Diseases): A Guidebook on the Microscopy of Blood.

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By Professor Dr. Victor Schilling, Physician-in-Chief, the First Medical University Clinic, Charité, Berlin. Translated and edited by R. B. H. Gradwohl, M.D., Director of the Pasteur Institute of St. Louis. Seventh and eighth edition. Cloth. Price, $10. Pp. 408, with illustrations. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1929.

JAMA. 1930;95(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720020064034

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Schilling's book on the blood picture deals mainly with his personal opinions and experiences. It is divided into four sections. The first part covers the technic of blood examination. The methods described are the ones in use in the larger clinics on the continent and in this country. He recommends the use of the Giemsa and the May-Grünwald stains. The "thick drop" preparation, an invention of the author, is recommended for the demonstration of polychromatophilia and eosinophilia and for the easier detection of blood parasites. The rather recent guttadiaphot test is treated in detail and promises to be valuable in the detection of syphilitic cases. The slide method of counting platelets is the one advised as the more accurate. The sedimentation test for the erythrocytes, and its clinical applications, are well discussed. A great deal of space is devoted in this section as well as in the subsequent sections to

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