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April 11, 1931

Techniques courantes de chimie clinique: Urine, liquide céphalo-rachidien sang, chimisme gastrique, bile, fèces.

JAMA. 1931;96(15):1256. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720410066042

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This was written by Professor Mestrezat, who died a short time before its publication. It was then revised by Professor Loiseleur, the successor of Mestrezat at the Salpêtrière clinic. The book describes the most important chemical and physicochemical methods applicable to clinical work. There is a significant statement by the author which should be taken into consideration by all clinical pathologists; namely, that methods used for clinical purposes must be just as accurate as those used for research purposes. The methods described are partly those employed by European laboratory workers and partly micromethods described by American investigators. There are a number of tables showing chemical changes of body fluids in various diseases. Over half of the book is devoted to the examination of urine and the remainder deals with cerebrospinal fluid, blood, gastric juice, bile and feces. In discussing cerebrospinal fluid the author departs from his procedure of limiting himself

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