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July 16, 1938

Les explorations fonctionnelles

JAMA. 1938;111(3):277. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790290063031

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This volume is not primarily a laboratory manual. Rather it is a combination of physiology and clinical laboratory diagnosis. Methods of estimating the functional capacities of the various organs are presented, with a correlation between the function in health and in disease. The limitations and applicabilities of each method are well discussed. The scope of the book is wide, embracing consideration of the central nervous system, lungs, heart, gastrointestinal tract, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, endocrine glands, blood and reticulo-endothelial system. Because of the wide field covered, the separate discussions are often brief. This brevity is particularly noticeable in the discussion of the blood, the electrocardiogram, the cerebrospinal fluid and the endocrine glands. The section on the liver is the best feature of the book, as it reviews well most of the complex features of liver metabolism: the formation of bile and bile salts, the significance of the direct and indirect

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