MILTON A. BRIDGES, M.D., F.A.C.P.; MARJORIE R. MATTICE, M.S.
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It would appear to be unnecessary to discuss so simple a matter as urinary reaction but the average clinician not infrequently is puzzled by apparent inconsistencies and opinions which are expressed as fact. Although reaction can be interpreted as titratable acidity with or without additional data, present comments will be restricted almost entirely to reaction as measured by pH.
Henderson and Palmer1 reported a normal range of urinary pH of 4.82 to 7.45 with a mean of 6.03. Later2 a value of 8.7 was achieved after administration of excessive amounts of sodium bicarbonate and pH 4.7 was
BRIDGES MA, MATTICE MR. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF URINARY pH: CRITICAL OBSERVATIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;14:1123–1136. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-7-1123
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1941;14(7):1123-1136.
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