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January 1970

Water and Electrolyte Metabolism and Acid-Base Balance.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(1):183. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310010185039

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Professor Muntwyler, in his preface, indicates that his intention in writing this monograph is to provide "a detailed and simplified treatment of various fundamental principles and... examples of practical application." The material forms the basis for an elective course in applied biochemistry, and the book gives the impression of being best suited for that particular audience. The simplified principles are presented in great detail with formulae, equations, and many numerical examples and diagrams. However, this tends to make a textbook that, while valuable for the student, would not be easily read by a practicing physician who might wish to review principles. On the other hand, it cannot; its simplified treatment does not lend itself as a reference book for those with any knowledge of the field.

The volume devotes 58 pages to water and electrolyte metabolism, 66 pages to acid-base balance, and 20 pages to correction of fluid, electrolyte, and

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