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July 19, 1952

Fluid Balance: A Clinical Manual

JAMA. 1952;149(12):1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930290094043

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This manual is described by the author as a practical guide to fluid and electrolyte imbalances, with their changes of volume and composition of the body fluids and the symptoms and signs that they produce. The subject is concisely reviewed. Clear-cut descriptions of many problems of electrolyte and water imbalance are discussed in brief form.

The subject is covered by the author from a primarily surgical viewpoint. Emphasis is placed on postoperative complications. Some medical conditions with outstanding problems of fluid balance are mentioned in passing. The changes in extracellular fluid volume and composition are described and illustrated by reports of cases. Some original and useful concepts are included. The coverage of disturbances of ions other than sodium, chloride, and bicarbonate ions is incomplete; an example is the omission of mention of the neuromuscular signs of potassium intoxication. Treatment is clearly outlined and documented by illustrative cases. This should be

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