This paper constitutes a preliminary report and incorporates the results of a series of investigations made with a view of corroborating experimentally the theoretic views advanced. The details of laboratory technic, of the many quantitative analyses of blood and urine that have been made, the description of animal experiments are reserved for future publication; reports of cases are also withheld for the present until more material of this kind shall have been gathered.* I am aware of these limitations, still my report may be given at this early date, "or else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another."
As existing uric acid theories are full of inconsistencies and absurdities, it seems necessary, before erecting a new theoretic structure, to remove, by a severely critical
CROFTAN AC. URIC ACID THEORIES. A CRITICAL REVIEW, AND SOME ORIGINAL INVESTIGATIONS. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(2):59–63. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450540001002
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