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This small volume on the relationship of two subjects in the forefront of medical interest, viz., aging and electrolyte metabolism, contains 18 essays with appended discussions by participants in a colloquium sponsored by the Ciba Foundation. Although part of the book deals with electrolyte relationships to age and sex, most of it is concerned with more general aspects of the subject ranging from the genetic control of electrolyte metabolism in the erythrocyte to the effects of severe magnesium deficiency. The participants were eminent authorities in the field whose discussions, based on their own studies, add inestimably to the value of the book. The book should prove of interest to research workers in the field of electrolyte metabolism and its hormonal aspects in relation to age and sex. It is well printed and adequately illustrated, with the more pertinent references to the literature appended to each chapter.
Ciba Foundation Colloquia on Ageing, Volume 4: Water and Electrolyte Metabolism in Relation to Age and Sex. JAMA. 1958;168(17):2327. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000170119028
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