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January 22, 1927

A Handbook of Renal Surgery.

JAMA. 1927;88(4):271. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680300057038

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The author aimed to furnish the general practitioner and student with a concise and at the same time complete statement of renal surgery. Orthographic errors, such as mesonephros instead of mesonephron, and "tubercular" instead of "tuberculous" kidney are frequent. The author makes the surprising statement that a complete urinalysis is not necessary in surgical cases. He condemns cryoscopy and the search for electroconductivity as difficult and frequently inaccurate. The former statement may apply to the conductivity test but certainly is not applicable to cryoscopy, a simple procedure. At that, both these tests furnish the best information concerning the molecular concentration of the urine. Blood chemistry, an indispensable part of the renal testing, is dismissed with the estimation of the cholesterol content, an indirect and doubtful method of determining renal efficiency. Hematuria during nephritis is ascribed to the chronic cases only, in direct contradiction to the well known fact that acute

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