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April 1952

Low-Sodium Diet: A Manual for the Patient.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;89(4):687. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240040166015

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The factual material provided in this book is reliable, and the physician can safely recommend it to his patients. Those who are above the average in intelligence will be greatly helped by it. The writing is distinct and clear, and the accompanying tables are well arranged. On the other hand, the subject matter seems to the reviewer to be pitched above the heads of many patients, but for them the physician with the help of this book can simplify the instructions it provides.

Patients adhering to these low-sodium regimens are encouraged by the author to keep in touch with their physicians, but less emphasis than is desirable is placed on the hazards which attend such rigid restriction of sodium. Physicians resorting to these diets ought to acquaint themselves thoroughly with the sodium-depletion syndrome.

The author, himself put on a low-sodium diet and, therefore, writing from personal experience, is Professor of

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