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This convenient little pocket manual gives practical details of the technic and interpretation of various laboratory tests applied to the body fluids in mental and nervous diseases. The technic is given in admirably concise and exact form, and should prove of great value to laboratory workers. The formulas for the various reagents and the successive steps to be followed in each procedure are given with precision. In the last chapter, the body fluid pictures in different mental diseases are formulated, and the diagnostic value of the different tests is indicated. The methods, on the whole, are up to date, though it is notable that the author still emphasizes the Abderhalden tests in the diagnosis of dementia praecox, and omits an account of the methods of chemical examination of the blood to which, in this country, so much attention is being directed. Dr. Kafka's work in the clinical laboratory study of
Taschenbuch der praktischen Untersuchungsmethoden der Körperflüssigkeiten bei Nerven- und Geisteskrankheiten. JAMA. 1923;81(4):326–327. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650040066050
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