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January 1934

L'exploration fonctionnelle de la rate.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1934;53(1):160. doi:10.1001/archinte.1934.00160070165015

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This book is interesting and to be highly recommended. When one considers that but a few years ago not much was known about the spleen, it is refreshing to discover how great has been the knowledge lately developed regarding the diagnosis and treatment of the various splenic disorders.

Benhamou has attempted to apply to the clinical study of splenic function the physiologic approach to the subject introduced by Barcroft in England, Binet and Pagniez in France and Scheunert in Germany. He then develops his thesis, describing the methods which he employs. He mentions what facts relating to the spleen are to be gleaned by customary physical examination and shows excellent photographic reproductions and charts to demonstrate that most accurate pictures of the organ can be obtained by x-ray either with or without the aid of thorotrast. Of even greater value in determining splenic function, however, is the spleen's response to

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