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January 1939

Clinical Chemistry in Practical Medicine.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;63(1):200. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00180180210021

This little book deals with the "chemical" diagnostic procedures commonly used in the clinic. In addition to descriptions of technic, there are brief paragraphs on the rationale of the various tests. Some of the outstanding topics are basal metabolism, acid base balance and renal function. The main criticism of this work is that little seems to be added to what is already readily accessible in a dozen places. The section on examination of the stomach contents displays a disregard of modern concepts and is the most unsatisfactory part of a book which at best arouses little enthusiasm.

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