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October 1938

Dextrose Therapy in Everyday Practice.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(4):719. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180150175010

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This book presents a survey of the clinical and experimental investigations which were reported between 1900 and 1936 concerning the role of dextrose in normal and abnormal physiologic conditions and its use as a therapeutic agent. The material is exceedingly well organized and is clearly and concisely presented in a practical and usable manner. After a short historical introduction the chemistry of dextrose is discussed, followed by an excellent chapter on its "physiologic action." The author then considers dextrose therapy in diseases of the various systems of the body (gastrointestinal and cardiovascular); in metabolic, deficiency, allergic and infectious diseases; in pregnancy, and in surgical conditions. A separate chapter is devoted to each group of disorders; the symptomatology and pathologic physiology are discussed and the rationale for and therapeutic value of the administration of dextrose are indicated. The final chapter deals with the modes of administration of dextrose. An extensive bibliography

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