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Of the many books that have appeared in recent years on the general subject of fluid therapy, this is probably the best. Although the author's purpose in writing this volume is "to present a concise discussion of total fluid therapy," the material covered is much wider than this, inasmuch as there are excellent chapters on blood loss, common surgical problems such as intestinal obstruction, and a sound discussion of the general physiology of water and electrolyte metabolism. Of special value are the many case reports culled from the author's own experience and presented simply and directly. The basic physiological mechanisms underlying therapy are clearly explained. Written by a clinician, the book will undoubtedly be understood by most clinicians. In addition to the case reports, there are many experimental data, based largely on the author's observations, many of them not hitherto published.
While a number of adverse criticisms may be made,
Fluid Therapy. JAMA. 1955;158(7):616–617. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960070092033
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