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September 5, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(10):868. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570100054017

Any one who reads the literature of modern medicine must be impressed with the growing importance of cholesterol and its derivatives. In connection with the problems of hemolysis and other features of immunochemistry and in relation to various aspects of pathology, this lipoid substance has received detailed consideration. Some of the views developed in this connection have found expression in The Journal.1 In dealing with any component of the organism which is supposed to have importance either in health or disease, it sooner or later becomes desirable to gather statistics concerning the occurrence and distribution of the substance. In the case of cholesterol, few data have been collected as yet by the more recent reliable methods of analysis. From such facts as have been gathered the impression has been gained that the cholesterol content of the individual organs is fairly constant. The newest researches of Thaysen2 conducted in

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