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January 31, 1914

A Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences Embracing the Entire Range of Scientific and Practical Medicine and Allied Science.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(5):400. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560300058038

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This volume covers a number of important subjects, which are given a treatment adequate to their importance in a form equivalent to separate treatises. Thus the subject "blood" with several subtitles occupies nearly ninety large pages, while the brain is discussed in more than 160 pages. The article on blood is extensive and describes in detail the methods of clinical examination. Thus the various steps in taking blood for clinical examination are illustrated by various figures showing the exact position of the hands of the examiner and the nature of all the manipulations. Under the examination of blood-stains the precipitin method is fully described, and the complement-fixation method is noticed but not recommended on account of its complexity and uncertainty. The histology and pathologic anatomy of the blood-vessels occupies twenty pages closely packed with detailed information. An article on cardiography includes the subject of the electrocardiograph, which is explained. Other

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