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February 22, 1965

Body Fluids and the Acid-Base Balance: A Learning Program for Students of the Biological and Medical Sciences

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Washington, DC

JAMA. 1965;191(8):682. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080080072039

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Written for students, this text develops basic concepts clearly and in a logical sequence. The renowned author is straightforward and somewhat dogmatic in his presentation. Although this method helps build a foundation for the student, certain viewpoints are omitted.

At times the text is oversimplified, eg, when the renal circulation is described as "shut down to a standby level," when the expression "renal metabolism of sodium, chloride, and water" is used and when dehydration is not clearly distinguished from salt depletion. Usually, however, the explanations are quite lucid. The seven major sections of the book are (1) pH and dissociation, (2) sodium and chloride distribution, (3) potassium and the cellular compartment, (4) calcium and phosphorus, (5) gas transport, (6) metabolic and respiratory aspects of neutrality regulation, and (7) renal correction of the neutrality. Each section is followed by a summary which, despite the reiteration throughout the book, is a refreshing

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