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July 28, 1906

THE VALUE OF ROUTINE URINE EXAMINATION.A STATISTICAL INQUIRY.

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PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(4):268-270. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210040024002f
Abstract

If an excuse for writing a paper of the above title is necessary, it may be found in an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. March 18-25, 1905, by Dr. Richard C. Cabot, Boston. The title of that paper is: "A Clinical Examination of the Urine. A Critical Study of the Commoner Methods."

The last two paragraphs of the paper are as follows: "The attempt to estimate the anatomic condition of the kidney by the measurement of albumin and the search for casts is fallacious in the extreme." "The most reliable data about the urine are those most simply and quickly obtained, the twenty-four hour quantity, the specific gravity and the color."

To quote the title of the paper and these last paragraphs alone is to make it appear that Dr. Cabot believes that clinical examination of the urine is "fallacious in the extreme."

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