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The author states in his preface that he aims to present a practical rather than a theoretical treatise on cerebrospinal fluid. In this he has succeeded. The book discusses the practical aspects of the subject, describing the technic of examination and the cerebrospinal fluid changes in various diseases. Most of the illustrations are devoted to the normomastic reactions in various diseases. This is unfortunate, as the reader is given the impression that the normomastic curve of Kafka is the most important one in the examination of cerebrospinal fluid— even better than the colloidal gold curve—an idea to which few persons acquainted with the subject can subscribe. Demme gives the pH of cerebrospinal fluid as between 7.35 and 7.8. The upper figure is too high, except when the fluid has been allowed to stand, at which time it may be even higher than 7.8 because of the escape of carbon
Die Liquordiagnostik in Klinik und Praxis. JAMA. 1935;104(23):2121. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230069032