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November 1959

Metabolic Disturbances In Clinical Medicine.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(5):840. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270110160024

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Fluid balance must have built many a fifty thousand dollar home. Think of the articles, the lectures, the books, and the reputations, to say nothing of the manufacturers and publishers. Most resourceful physicians can talk about peptic ulcer or hypertension, but fluid balance demands something special; you must somehow devise a novel diagram or a devious approach. Keen observers can recognize the "expert": he leads slowly but counter-punches well; he seems often lost in thought—perhaps because this is unfamiliar territory; he has a bedside copy of "Fluid Balancemanship, or How to be One-up Without Actually Seeing the Patient."

Smart, the editor of the book under review, has gathered Anglo-American authors who deal with the plain and simple truth about metabolic disturbances and fluids. The editor has not tried to cover all the field. He has chosen a few subjects and lured experts to write balanced and detailed surveys without omitting

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