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August 1938

The Cerebrospinal Fluid.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(2):354. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180130175013

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This is a well assembled monograph. As Dr. Ayer states in the foreword, its purpose is to present facts—facts based on thousands of examinations of spinal fluid made under standard conditions in connection with a variety of diseased states in the wards and in the laboratory of the Boston City Hospital.

The book is written in a scholarly fashion, and due respect is paid to the literature. Nearly eight hundred references are mentioned which have been assembled since Quincke began the clinical examination of spinal fluid, in 1891. And so, throughout the entire volume, the writers compare their own experience with that of others and build up a notably comprehensive and reliable account of the present position of this particular laboratory test as a part of the diagnostic armamentarium.

The book is easily read as it is well and clearly written. The technic is clearly described, not merely the technic

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