2nd ed, by Laurence Finberg, Richard E. Kravath, Stanley Hellerstein, and Paul Saenger, 280 pp, $47, WB Saunders Co, Philadelphia, Pa, 1993.
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The authors have presented information in a format to help clinicians understand a variety of water and electrolyte disorders. The book is divided into four parts that cover underlying principles, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of dehydration in general as well as the specific disorders encountered in pediatrics.
A brief history of human fluid and electrolyte physiology and fluid therapy, along with a very detailed history in the appendix, makes interesting reading.
The chapters summarizing the physical, chemical, and physiologic factors affecting body fluids are clear and concise. The detail is appropriate for the student and clinician. For those of us who have forgotten much of the terminology, formulas, and laws pertaining to the physical, chemical, and physiologic factors affecting body fluids, there is a very comprehensive glossary which
Smith FG. Water and Electrolytes in Pediatrics. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(9):1000. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170090114036