This is an excellent, well illustrated text for clinical laboratory examinations, considerably more extensive than the 1913 volume. It contains detailed instructions for conducting qualitative and quantitative examinations of the dissolved urine constituents, as well as for the identification of the formed elements. The same is true as regards examinations of the gastric juice, the feces and the sputum. Much useful information regarding the identification of parasites, both vegetable and animal, is included. Bacteriologic methods for identifying organisms of the mouth, eye, throat and nose are given, as well as those necessary for recognizing the vegetable and animal parasites of the skin.
The chapter dealing with blood examinations contains instructions for determining the cell content, the hemoglobin and certain ratios, such as the volume and color indexes, the viscosity, the coagulation time, the specific gravity and the fragility of red cells. The instructions for identifying the cells in stained preparations