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May 2, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXII(18):1405-1406. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560430035022

When proteoses (albumoses) find their way directly into the blood-stream they behave like foreign substances and are promptly excreted, in good measure by the kidneys. This fact, long since ascertained through a large number of trustworthy experiments, has in the past furnished the basis for the interpretation of the excretion of proteoses in the various instances which are classed clinically under the term "albumosuria." The urinary elimination of proteoses (a general term preferable to the more specific name "albumoses") might, therefore, be expected whenever any considerable autolysis of pathologic tissue or exudate with absorption of its products of self-digestion is taking place. Consonant with this was the asserted finding of "albumosuria" in all cases of suppuration, in the resolution of pneumonia, involution of the puerperal uterus, carcinoma and other malignant growths, febrile conditions with tissue destruction, severe liver affections, absorption of simple and inflammatory exudates, etc.

A decade or two

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