The excellence of the third edition of this book is in the tradition of previous ones. The volume opens with the quotation from J. F. Merz, "The element of error cannot be eliminated from our observations and our reasonings. The only true scientific method is to study it." It terminates with the recommendation that physicians utilize the accurately standardized stable solutions of acids and bases now commercially available rather than attempt to prepare their own.
The efficiently written pages between present a succinct exposition of the author's view of current understanding of the biochemical or pathophysiological processes being investigated. The techniques of the various tests recommended are given and, in meticulous detail, the precautions to be observed in performing and in interpreting them. Bibliographic references to the original reports of the cited methods conclude each section. The dates of many of these testify to the painstaking revision of the current