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October 1950

Water and Salt Depletion.

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By H. L. Marriott, M.D. Price, $2. Pp. 80, with 11 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1950.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1950;86(4):646. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230160158018

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Dr. Marriott does physicians a real service in this fine monograph by presenting the complicated subject of water and salt depletion in a lucid and readily understandable fashion. The most valuable part of the work is the correlation of clinical signs and symptoms with the type and degree of fluid imbalance in such a way as to be useful in diagnosis and treatment. A clear differentiation is made between water depletion and salt depletion, which is also helpful in planning treatment intelligently. Basic physiologic concepts and clinical observations are made easily understandable by the liberal use of well planned charts and diagrams. The author is perhaps a little overenthusiastic about the use of the urinary chloride determination.

This monograph should be welcomed particularly by all who have become discouraged and confused in trying to obtain a practical knowledge of water and electrolyte balance.

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