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September 12, 1986

Fluids and Electrolytes

Author Affiliations

St Vincent Hospital Worcester, Mass

JAMA. 1986;256(10):1366. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380100140042

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This is a multiauthored text covering clinical fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base problems, subjects addressed by several other recently published books. The format of the text, however, breaks enough from traditional approaches to make some unique contributions.

Particularly useful to practitioners, as well as house officers and other trainees, is the presentation of material from a balanced orientation. Problems are discussed as specific fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base disorders in the first section of the book; then, they are discussed within the context of the specific clinical situations where fluid and electrolyte abnormalities are frequently encountered. The chapters on potassium and phosphate disorders and those on alcohol-induced and starvation-associated disturbances are noteworthy. The initial chapter on clinical interpretation of laboratory values and the appendix overview of renal physiology will assist readers over-whelmed by the complexity of the material in between. The majority of chapters have extensive reference sections for readers seeking original