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October 22, 1904

The Purin Bodies of Foodstuffs and the Rôle of Uric Acid in Health and Disease.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(17):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500170062022

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This work gives the results of a painstaking study of the exogenous and endogenous purin bodies. The material is presented in such a manner as to be directly useful to the physician, especially from the point of view of dietetics. Here are given tables showing the amount of purin bodies in many foodstuffs, so that it becomes possible to determine the amount of endogenous urinary purin in many diseases. To facilitate accurate work in this line, a purinometer is described. A chapter is devoted to the study of the effects of daily injections of purin bodies in rabbits whose growth was hindered thereby at the same time as changes occurred in the liver and kidney and in the cellular relations in the blood and marrow. The book may be recommended to all physicians who desire to know the plain facts, so far as they have been unearthed, in regard to

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