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May 30, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(22):1510-1511. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490220034002

Despite all modern methods of diagnosis the decision as to whether pus is or is not present, hidden in some unexplorable locality, continues to fret the diagnostician. The determination of the leucocyte count has not been as valuable as it promised to be, according to many, and at the best it is often inconclusive when a positive help is most needed. Any means that may assist in deciding this point is certain to attract attention, and we predict a general interest in the recent article of T. J. Yarrow, Jr.,1 which considers the question of albumosuria as an aid in determining the presence or absence of suppuration, based as it is on extensive investigations by the author. Albumoses may get into the blood in a number of conditions, and even if only in small amounts they seem to enter the urine usually. The albumoses formed in normal digestion are

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