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A monograph on the clinical and morphologic consequences of kidney biopsies carried out mainly in rabbits and rats must suffer by necessity from the discrepancies between the proportion in size of instruments used and the small size of the kidneys of the experimental animals. If one wishes to bring the method into proper perspective, the Menghine needle (approximately 1.4-mm diameter) that was used would correspond to a needle of 6 to 8 mm in diameter for the adult human. Thus, as the author admits, the experimental results obtained can be transferred to the clinical situation only with great caution. In
Morphologische Folgen der Nierenpunktion. Tierexperimentelle und humanpathologische Befunde.. Ann Intern Med. ;73:1054–1055. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-6-1054_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(6):1054-1055.
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