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April 1919

DIASTATIC ACTIVITY OF THE BLOOD IN CANCER, SYPHILIS AND DIABETES

Author Affiliations

BUFFALO

From the New York State Institute for the Study of Malignant Disease, Buffalo. N. Y., H. R. Gaylord, M.D., Director.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1919;23(4):484-497. doi:10.1001/archinte.1919.00090210078006
Abstract

Some interesting observations were made by V. C. Meyers and J. A. Killian1 on the diastatic activity of the blood, and we have for some months past included an estimation of the diastatic activities of the blood in our routine complete blood studies. We have followed the method of Lewis and Benedict for blood sugar estimation and that of Meyers and Killian for the diastatic activity in the blood, being exact in the period of incubation, and beginning the blood chemistry work within ten minutes after the withdrawal of blood from the vein.

In the routine studies of the blood of cancer patients of the State Institute for the Study of Malignant Disease we have accumulated considerable data on other estimable blood factors, but in this short paper we are reporting only on the Wassermann reaction, diastatic activity and sugar content of the blood, and the effect of roentgen-ray treatments

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