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January 22, 1910


Author Affiliations

Superintendent, the Clifton Springs Sanitarium ; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cornell University Medical College, Ithaca CLIFTON SPRINGS, N. Y.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(4):270-275. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550300001001l

INTRODUCTION  At the present time when the medical laboratory men are following Ehrlich and Wright into the fourth dimension of medical science, when clinicians cry for a "deadsure" test and when all demand nice, "new," clean work, it would seem a thankless task to spend fifteen minutes in talking about stool examination. I also would much prefer as subject the "complement fixation of this," "or the opsonic index of that," etc.; but a varied experience in clinical laboratories has taught me the importance of stool examination, and its growing importance now that functional diagnosis is rightly demanding more and more attention. While I was in charge of a clinical laboratory to which specimens were sent from all directions, many mistakes by physicians came to my notice, of which the following are a few illustrations: a strip of mucus was mistaken for a "decomposed tapeworm"; normal meconium was called blood; a roundworm six

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