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February 6, 1967

Clinical Pathology of the Serum Electrolytes

Author Affiliations

Morgantown, WVa

JAMA. 1967;199(6):437. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120060135046

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This volume contains the edited proceedings of a seminar on the serum electrolytes in clinical medicine, held under the auspices of the Association of Clinical Scientists. The work of 51 contributors is divided into sections on analytical methods, physiological aspects, and clinical considerations. The result is a collection of articles not intended to serve as a comprehensive introduction to electrolyte metabolism but rather to discuss in detail a number of important topics in this field. The treatment of electrolyte abnormalities is covered only incidentally, since attention is focused on pathological changes and pertinent laboratory measurements.

The laboratory section, occupying one half of the book, contains discussions of analytical procedures, including descriptions sufficiently detailed to be used at the laboratory bench. The included procedures range from wet chemical methods for sodium and potassium, which have been largely abandoned in favor of flame photometry, to x-ray spectroscopy, which only recently has been