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July 6, 1940

TESTS FOR CONCENTRATION OF ALCOHOL IN BLOOD

JAMA. 1940;115(1):73. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810270075024

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The communication to this department by Dr. Leake and his associates (The Journal, March 23, p. 1098) wherein purported evidence was given to support a claim of unreliability of the Heise method for determining the concentration of alcohol in the blood has been ably answered by Dr. Heise (April 6, p. 1391) and by Dr. Harger (April 27, p. 1687). However, owing to the damage to the validity of such tests as criteria for stages of intoxication which this communication from Dr. Leake has undoubtedly caused and at the insistence of Dr. Heise, my associates and I decided to offer the following as additional refutation of Dr. Leake's claims.Fifty specimens of human blood were taken by us over a period of two weeks from patients sent to the laboratory for various blood tests from the eight clinics which this department conducts. These patients were composed of

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