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The author has compiled the various tests for determining the efficiency of vital organs—that is, the liver, kidneys, pancreas, heart and ductless glands. He has omitted those of the eye, ear, nervous system, etc. In his consideration he states first the various functions which these vital organs are supposed to fulfil, and then gives in brief the tests which have been evolved by different experimenters. Following this discussion is a consideration of the literature on the subject, indicating by reports of results with the test the extent to which it may be depended on. The author has thoroughly considered the literature, and points out the advantages of these tests from a medical and surgical standpoint. As might be expected, the work on functional tests of the ductless glands is not so comprehensive as that on the larger organs which are considered, nor is there available the clinical confirmation as to
Manual of Vital Function Testing Methods and Their Interpretation.. JAMA. 1916;LXVI(20):1577. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580460053024