November 8, 1930

Clinical Bio-Chemistry.

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By Ivan Maxwell, M.D., B.S., M.Sc., Lecturer in Physiology and Clinical Bio-Chemistry, University of Melbourne. Second edition. Cloth. Price, $3.60. Pp. 269, with illustrations. Melbourne: W. Ramsay, 1930.

JAMA. 1930;95(19):1450. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190062043

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This work is intended primarily for the medical students at Melbourne University. It presents in a well organized fashion many of the qualitative and quantitative methods in vogue in clinical laboratories. Renal efficiency is well presented from the points of view of urine formation, nitrogen retention in blood, comparison of the blood chemistry and total excretion of urea, and lastly the renal elimination tests by phenolsulphonphthalein. Glycosuria and pancreatic efficiency tests are treated in separate chapters, but the quantitative methods for urinary dextrose are old and unreliable. However, a good titration method is recommended for the blood sugar estimations. Acidosis and alkalosis are treated in a clear and concise manner. Both qualitative and quantitative tests for determining hepatic efficiency are discussed in some detail. In no cases are the methods discussed critically as to reliability and rapidity. At the close of each chapter, a list of references to authorities is

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