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February 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(5):317-318. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480050031001j

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A search for sugar and its quantitative estimation are necessary in all routine work of urine examination. The well-known Haines' solution for qualitative testing is so simple and trustworthy as to leave nothing to be desired. One dram of the solution is boiled in a test tube, six to eight drops of urine is added, and the boiling continued. If a bright yellow or red precipitate is obtained, sugar is present. With slight practice, one to two minutes is sufficient to in this way gain decided qualitative data.

The methods in use for quantitative estimation of sugar are generally too slow and cumbersome to be of value to the busy practitioner of medicine. He has either to be contented with the information obtained from a qualitative test, or send to some laboratory where a specialty is made of urine examinations. A method devised by my assistant, Mr. Carl Irenæus, eliminates

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