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October 27, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(17):1455-1456. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650170053026

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Hematosis and Shock  The Royal Academy of Medicine has awarded the Alvarenga prize to Dr. Baruch, author of an important contribution on hematosis following surgical shock. This problem was much studied during the war, and, just recently, Quénu, Duval and Mocquot presented an exhaustive paper on the subject before the International Congress of London. The contribution of Baruch, which has been thus favorably recognized by the academy, deals exhaustively with the literature and records experimental work of a high order. He ascribes all the phenomena of shock to a primary disturbance of hematosis. In shock the venous blood is and remains red. The metabolic activity of the tissues as a whole is retarded, with consequent hypothermia and lessened production of carbon dioxid. The latter causes the red color of the venous blood, as is clearly established by the low carbon dioxid content of the blood. The author demonstrated that hemoglobin,

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