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This treatise, written by one of the leading investigators in the field, was awarded the Samuel D. Gross Prize for 1945. In the first chapter, a historical survey, one finds many interesting facts. The first intravenous injection of fluids was carried out experimentally in a dog by Sir Christopher Wren. Rudolph Matas of New Orleans in 1891 described 20 cases in which he injected 500 to 1,500 cc. of saline solution intravenously when there was considerable loss of blood. The second chapter deals with general indications for parenteral administration of fluids. Then follow chapters devoted to water and electrolyte, energy, vitamin, protein needs, clinical manifestations of protein deficiency, methods of parenteral protein administration, i. e. plasma, amino acids, hydrolyzed protein, practical parenteral alimentation, clinical results with parenteral alimentation—eleven chapters in all. It is not possible in limited space to discuss in detail a book of this type. A number of
Parenteral Alimentation in Surgery with Special Reference to Proteins and Amino Acids. JAMA. 1947;134(7):650. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880240086032
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