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The subject of electrolyte balance, particularly as it applies to surgery, is difficult to present. The complexity of the subject and its numerous facets make it almost impossible to apply routine answers or to use short cuts. The author has done an admirable job in presenting this involved subject in a pithy manner. He does not minimize the importance of clinical experiences, which he feels go hand in hand with an understanding of the physiology of body fluids. Therapeutic simplicity is sought, but this cannot be attained until the clinician understands the speed and delicacy of the complicated compensatory responses that follow the loss of body fluids. Chapter 7, which deals with acidosis and alkalosis, is especially well written. This book can be recommended to anyone interested in the subject of body fluids and electrolyte balance.
Body Fluids in Surgery. JAMA. 1956;161(15):1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150084033
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