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December 1960

Clinical Physiology, Vol. 1

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(6):905. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820060157035

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It is stated in the introduction that this book is written primarily for the student and the novice in the field of physiology. If this is widened to include the house officer and the general physician as well, then the goal of this book is realized, as it is an excellent review of the subject and is written in an interesting and concise way. This first volume is concerned with electrolyte balance, water metabolism, renal function, gastrointestinal function, and hepatic failure. To cover all of these topics in 200 pages, the author must, out of necessity, mention only the salient points. Because of this, a few of the chapters are marked by their brevity. In particular, the chapter on renal function and disease suffers, as there is no mention of the kidney's means of concentration and how this is altered in disease. Nor was the nephrotic syndrome and its effects

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