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November 17, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(20):1660. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520200056009

We have previously commented on the iodin reaction of the leucocytes, the so-called iodophilia, and have called attention to the value of the test in clinical medicine, a value especially emphasized by the work of Cabot and Locke in this country. In all new tests the danger is to overestimate rather than to underestimate the value of the procedure, and it is well to take stock of a new test or a new discovery after it has had two or three years of use at the hands of competent and unprejudiced observers. A recent paper by Bernicot1 suggests that we shall have to modify our estimate of the usefulness of the test for iodophilia. Bernicot's paper brings out the fact, soon discovered by those who used the test, that a good deal of experience is needed to interpret the findings. He emphasizes also the lack of relation between the

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