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December 3, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(23):1704. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500230034006

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Nothing is simpler in the routine work of the clinician than the detection of albumin in the urine when it is present in considerable quantities. Every physician, however, sees cases in which only traces of albumin are present or in which the reactions obtained are atypical; it is then that he often hesitates to trust his own results, and prefers to send the specimen to an expert physiologic chemist for a definite opinion. So many different tests have from time to time been recommended for the detection of minute traces of albumin, and so many warnings regarding fallacies have been made, that it is but little wonder that the physician who lacks time to follow the advances in analytical chemistry should sometimes become confused. It would be helpful if some chemist in whom the profession has confidence would at intervals "take stock," so to speak, of the various practically important

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