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This well-written, informative book includes 10 chapters, with a good short outline of the material included in each chapter. The material is well presented, easy to read, and covers the most important emergency syndromes seen in pediatric practice. The index is not as complete as it should be; one has difficulty in locating specific references in the text. For instance, under acidosis one finds only a reference to burns and under dehydration, only hyponatremia and pyloric stenosis. No mention is made of hypernatremia, which has become an important problem in pediatric emergencies.
The material on fluid and electrolyte repalcement is good, but, as in other texts, there is no explanation as to how it is determined that 1.8 cc. of sixth molar lactate raises the carbon dioxide level one volume per 100 ml. and 1.5 cc. of sixth molar ammonium chloride lowers the carbon dioxide level one volume per 100
Bigler JA. The Emergency Syndromes in Pediatric Practice. JAMA. 1960;173(5):607. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020230133045
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