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March 1954

Diuretic Therapy: The Pharmacology of Diuretic Agents and the Clinical Management of the Edematous Patient.

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By Alfred Vogl, M.D. Price, $5.00. Pp. 249. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(3):479. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240270165026

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This book covers the entire subject of diuretics and their use in an exemplary manner and will fill a long felt need. There is a systematic discussion of the mechanisms of edema of various types, the pharmacology of diuretic drugs as well as the antidiuretic agents, the clinical details of diuretic management, and the various complications and side reactions of excessive diuresis. Throughout there are appropriate historical comments, correlation between physiological and clinical facts, and a large amount of interesting and useful information.

The style is clear and direct; dogmatism is avoided; areas that require further investigation are pointed out. The bibliography is excellent, comprising 725 carefully selected references.

This book will undoubtedly become a classic and should prove of much value to practicing physicians, medical students, and investigators interested in the physiology of edema and diuresis. It is fitting that the author was the first to observe the remarkable

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