By Emil Polacek. Price, 20 Swiss francs. Pp. 166, with numerous illustrations and charts. S. Karger, Holbeinstrasse 22, Basel, Switzerland, 1952.
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This volume is an exhaustive review of all aspects of parenteral fluid administration in childhood. The work is based on extensive personal studies of the author and on a vast amount of world literature.
Due credit is given to the basic contributions of Gamble, Darrow, and Butler, and many of the well-known diagrams of Gamble are included in the text.
The first section of the book deals with the physiology of body fluids: distribution of fluids, water metabolism, water requirements, osmotic concentration, function of body fluids, extracellular fluid, kidney function, role of the hypophysis, and metabolism of the electrolytes.
The second section deals with the pathology and therapy: acidosis, alkalosis, dehydration due to diarrhea, lack of water intake, and vomiting or profuse perspiration. There are also chapters on diabetes, renal disturbances, edema, and shock. In the final section the author discusses the management of the parenteral fluid: type of solutions,
Parenteralflüssigkeitstherapie im Kindesalter.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(2):288-289. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050020152014