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Article
December 17, 1932

FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY OF THE LIVER: COMPARATIVE MERITS OF THE FIVE MOST POPULAR TESTS

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1932;99(25):2071-2078. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740770001001
Abstract

The importance of the liver from a metabolic standpoint, the additional light thrown on its functions, especially by Bollman and Mann,1 and, frequently, the unsatisfactory results following gallbladder operations of various types suggest the importance of attempts to determine liver function. In the light of present knowledge, the multiplicity of liver functions has been urged as a criticism of any test of the activity of the liver as a whole; hence in our work we have employed several methods at the same time, with a view to obtaining comparative results. Realizing the ebb and flow of hepatic congestion in late cardiac cases, we selected this group as one permitting gradations in hepatic function. From this our interest spread to other cases of primary and secondary hepatic dysfunction. It is of interest to note that occasionally a surgeon will be bold enough to admit his dissatisfaction with the end-results of

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