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March 26, 1927

Die Drei-Drüsentheorie der Harnbereitung.

JAMA. 1927;88(13):1026-1027. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680390054037

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This is an able, scholarly and compact monograph developing a partly new theory of kidney function. In the introduction, Professor Pütter complains that most monographic work on kidney function tends to close the doors rather than open them. This criticism is directed specifically against one of the latest, and in most respects best, monographs on this phase, namely, that by Cushny, the second edition of which came out last year. Many physiologists have felt that Cushny is straining the interpretation of many facts to support his filtration theory. Pütter marshals old established facts as well as new experimental data in support of what he calls the "three gland theory of kidney function." In substance, his theory runs as follows: The glomerular apparatus called by Pütter "water gland" excretes water (about 600 cc. daily in man), and in this water are salts and other crystalloids in about the same concentration as

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