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August 1973

Brain Electrolytes and Fluid Metabolism.

Arch Neurol. 1973;29(2):133. doi:10.1001/archneur.1973.00490260077020

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This is a splendid monograph which well fulfills the purpose of its title. By and large, it covers material that no other text reviews so comprehensively, and it presents the data in a detailed, clear, and authoritative way. Both authors have worked extensively in the field of fluid and electrolyte metabolism of the nervous system, and both have earned a high degree of respect for their many original contributions. Although the title might seem at first to appeal primarily to clinical investigators and research workers who deal with the nervous system, the principles are important both to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The topics included cover the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF): the bloodbrain barrier, the various CSF and brain ions and their effects, acid base balance in the central nervous system, hydrocephalus, and the difficult and sometimes elusive matters of how electrolytes and fluids relate to the

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