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November 24, 1956

Fluid Balance Handbook for Practitioners

JAMA. 1956;162(13):1268. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970300068038

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Abstract

This is an exceedingly well-written book by two authors who are well qualified to discuss this subject. They have presented all the problems of fluid imbalance in a simple logical fashion. The types and composition of body fluids and their shifts are specifically discussed. Electrolyte imbalance and all the clinical problems of acid-base equilibrium are included, and the methods of handling these problems are discussed. Specific instructions for determining amounts, kind, and rate of fluids are suggested by a simple set of rules. There are actual case problems presented at the end of the book as exercises for handling specific imbalances. This small volume can be read in a few hours. The format is pleasing, and the illustrations, figures, and tables are excellent. The bibliography is rather scant. This book can be recommended to all students and to practioners of medicine and surgery who are confronted with problems of fluid

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