November 8, 1952

The Treatment of Acute Dehydration in Infants.

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By working team appointed and advised by Committee on Acute Infections in Infancy. Medical Research Council memorandum no. 26. Paper. 3s. Pp. 49, with 7 illustrations. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, P. O. Box 569, London, S.E.1, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;150(10):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680100098043

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This pamphlet was compiled by a group of British pediatricians and scientists headed by A. A. Moncrieff. It has been written to enable the general practitioner to cope with the problem of acute dehydration in infants. The booklet contains a clear and simply written discussion of fluid and electrolyte balance in infants and detailed directions for the treatment of dehydration in infants. The theoretical discussion and the plan of treatment outlined are in accord with the best American thought and practice. A separate summary chart of symptoms and treatment is included with the pamphlet; it tabulates symptoms, useful tests for diagnosis, a treatment guide, and schedules of treatment. The authors have kept in mind the fact that the average general practitioner does not have access to a well-equipped laboratory. Laboratory procedures are discussed, but clinical signs are stressed.

Certain sections had to be oversimplified for the sake of brevity and

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