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November 3, 1951

Lane Medical Lectures: Companionship of Water and Electrolytes in the Organization of Body Fluids

JAMA. 1951;147(10):996. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670270086043

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This small volume comprises a series of four lectures: (1) The Chemical Structure of the Body Fluids and the Pathogenesis of Acidosis and Alkalosis; (2) Water and Electrolyte Balance; (3) Processes of Dehydration; and (4) Parenteral Fluid Therapy. It is, as the author states in his preface, chiefly a revision of his previous reviews of the subject of water and electrolyte metabolism, almost an abbreviated version of his invaluable lecture syllabus "Chemical Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of Extracellular Fluid." Charts, tables, and sometimes passages in the text are bodily transposed from these previous publications to these lectures. Even one who is familiar with these other works will find the lectures refreshing. Although they contain little new material, the emphasis and organization are new, and they are as delightful to read as they must have been to hear. "These lectures," the author says in his preface, "are derived from my efforts,

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