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December 3, 1932

Techniques de laboratoire appliquées aux maladies de la digestion et de la nutrition.

JAMA. 1932;99(23):1974-1975. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740750076037

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This volume covers a wide field in diseases of nutrition and is more comprehensive than the ordinary laboratory manual. The first part deals with normal and abnormal functions of the various organs concerned with nutrition. The clinical syndromes resulting from disturbed physiology as well as the methods used for their detection are described. The chapter in this part of the book dealing with disturbed function of the stomach and intestine is rather superficial. Renal disease is discussed from the point of view of the French school. Much more space is devoted to hepatic disturbances. The hemoclastic crisis of Widal is not considered of significant clinical importance. The authors wisely state that dye tests, while of value, do not give accurate information about other hepatic functions, such as the glycogenic, proteolytic and biliary. The chapter on obesity is well arranged; the view is expressed that heredity is a minor factor as

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