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March 12, 1904

Functional Diagnosis of Kidney Disease. With Especial Reference to Renal Surgery. Clinical Experimental Investigations.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(11):724. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490560034024

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This is an excellent little work on the newer methods of determining the functional activity of the kidneys. In all diseases of the kidneys affecting one or both organs, in which surgical methods are under discussion, the necessity of examining the urines obtained directly from each kidney separately is very forcibly and properly emphasized. The attempt, however, to show that no methods of examining the urine are of any value save cryoscopy, and the quantitative estimation of sugar eliminated during a phloridzin-glycosuria, is anything but convincing. That both of the methods mentioned are of great value is true, but that they are the only methods of any value is just as certainly not true, and this can easily be demonstrated by an analysis of the very cases reported to show the contrary. The translators have followed the text closely, at times even to the extent of awkwardness of expression. The

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