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Rostoski uses the term "serum diagnosis" in its literal sense, including not only the phenomenon of agglutination for the identification of bacteria and for the recognition of disease, but also the action of the bacterial precipitins of Kraus, and the use of serum-precipitins and hemolysins as forensic blood tests. In harmony with the evident intention, however, of producing a manual which satisfies a need of practitioners, the author treats chiefly of the agglutination reaction as a means of recognizing the more common infections. Eleven pages of "general considerations" are devoted to a brief and clear description of the different kinds of antibodies which may be formed. The value and the application of the agglutination test in typhoid and paratyphoid occupy about one-half the book. Such subjects as the date of appearance of the reaction, the reaction in conditions other than typhoid, failure of the reaction, group agglutination, and tests as
Manual of Serum Diagnosis.. JAMA. 1905;XLV(2):121. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510020043017