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August 4, 1956

Clinical Recognition and Management of Disturbances of Body Fluids

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140085028

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This second edition, with a new title, has accomplished its main objective of "providing a practical pathophysiologic interpretation of metabolic deviations of water, electrolyte and hydrogen ion metabolism in all disease states for clinical utilization at the bedside." The first three chapters reflect a mastery of simplification without loss of essentials in presenting the necessary physiological and biochemical facts on which an understanding of the clinical disturbances of metabolism depend. A clinical approach to such disease states as acidosis, alkalosis, cirrhosis, adrenal cortical insufficiency, and heat exhaustion is emphasized, and the pathophysiological bases behind them are cleverly and painlessly reviewed. Fortunately, detailed, practical therapy is included. A refreshing, up-to-date review of the adrenal cortical steroids comprises one chapter. This book should prove of great value to the general practitioner and the internist. The pediatrician and the general and specialized surgeon may also read it with profit, since chapters are devoted

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