January 1974

The Body Fluids in Pediatrics.

Author Affiliations

Pembroke, Mass


Edited by Robert W Winters, MD. Price, $22.50. Pp 715. Little Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(1):125. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350250111033

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The pediatrician encounters a wide variety of fluid and electrolyte problems in his career. He has the option of managing such problems as a technician, referring to a standard "cookbook" to guide him; or he may choose a more professional approach and attempt to learn the background and dynamics of each given problem. The latter approach is obviously preferable, since it affords the pediatrician the luxury of flexibility—allowing him to extricate himself from certain inevitable complications arising during management and to anticipate other complications before they can do harm. Such ability separates the plodder from the virtuoso and offers both personal satisfaction and excellence in patient care. This volume will help to move the physician into the second category.

Dr. Winters has put together a very comprehensive collection of topics dealing with pediatric acid-base, hydration, and oxygenation problems. The 24 authors, including himself, all are highly qualified in their fields

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