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October 3, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(14):1063-1064. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670140049016

The treacherous features of that somewhat insidious entity known as anhydremia have begun to receive more serious consideration as the frequent occurrence of the condition is becoming recognized.1 In poisoning with war gases, the concentration of the blood develops as a significant symptom. Influenza and the attendant pneumonias have furnished illustrations of its consequences. A critical point in the management of extensive superficial burns arises when the circulating fluid concentrates. Probably the most frequent occurrence of anhydremia is in infancy when diarrhea and vomiting contribute to the retrenchment of the circulation in fluid. The manifestations themselves have been fairly well recognized; the relief brought by the therapy of fluid replacement is readily understood; but the more intricate features of the dehydration that engender severe symptoms are all too little understood.

Fundamental among them doubtless is the necessarily impaired circulation that must, in not a few instances, lead to impoverishment