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November 5, 1955

Dextran: Its Properties and Use in Medicine

JAMA. 1955;159(10):1074. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960270094038

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This monograph on dextran includes an introductory chapter on plasma substitutes in general. The chemistry, behavior, and effect of dextran in the body, specifications for suitable preparations, and clinical and experimental uses of dextran are discussed in turn. Differences between "native" and "clinical" dextrans are explained, and specifications of the latter are outlined respectively for British and American preparations. British spelling is used throughout the text. In addition to various tables and figures to tabulate or illustrate technical data, two appendixes and a list of references appear at the end. One appendix outlines certain tests for the purity of dextran, and the other summarizes the clinical laboratory findings in patients given dextran. No index is provided, but the table of contents, listing chapter titles and subdivisions, should make the information readily accessible. All physicians and allied scientific workers having special interest in plasma substitutes should find this monograph a composite

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