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January 21, 1956

The Body Fluids: Basic Physiology and Practical Therapeutics

JAMA. 1956;160(3):247. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960380095027

This volume is an attempt by the authors to cover the subject of disturbances of body fluid dynamics. They accomplish this task in a commendable manner. Both authors are qualified by experience to undertake this work, and they have thoroughly reviewed the literature. The bibliography is complete concerning both the fundamental work on fluids and the clinical applications of experimental findings. The book is complete in that it covers the subject well. There is a chapter on paleochemistry and comparative physiology that is interesting, of great teaching value, and delightful to read. Other chapters cover basic principles of fluid behavior. Electrolyte patterns in health and disease are treated along with studies in normal and disease processes. Excellent chapters on cardiac and renal failure, diabetes, and cirrhosis are included. The chapter on functions of the adrenal cortex is excellent and up-to-date. The main criticism of this book is that some of

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