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Books on clinical laboratory diagnosis are similar in that all of them have chapters on the examination of the blood, feces, stomach contents, urine, sputum, and other subjects, by means of tests which have been acknowledged to be of value in the diagnosis of disease. Cummer has excluded many alternative methods and omitted complete references to the literature in order to keep the book of a convenient size. His style is concise. The many illustrations are excellent. To this edition have been added descriptions of the alcohol test-meal; the cistern puncture; the histamine test for studying the secretion of hydrochloric acid by the stomach; Schilling's simplified method for the Arneth count; the agglutination test for tularemia and undulant fever; the sedimentation of red blood cells; the diagnosis of granuloma inguinale; the Queckenstedt test on the spinal fluid; agranulocytic angina, and others. In addition, some other sections in previous editions have
A Manual of Clinical Laboratory Methods. JAMA. 1931;97(17):1250. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730170062047
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