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May 1953

The Clinical Use of Fluid and Electrolyte.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(5):631-632. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070646014

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This is an excellent monograph on body fluid and electrolyte, being applicable to all specialties of medicine. The first chapter deals with the basic fundamentals of fluid physiology, and each succeeding chapter is concerned with a specific phase of the same. Except for the section related to pediatrics, all discussion is relative to adults. This is exemplified by the chapters concerned with fluid and electrolyte in surgical patients, geriatrics, adrenal cortex failure, heart failure, and diabetes mellitus, to name only a few. There are also references to the effects of corticotropin (ACTH) and cortisone on body fluid.

The value milliequivalents is used routinely in this text, and a method of conversion from milligram per 100 cc. is discussed. Of special interest are the numerous diagrams that accompany each discussion. Here we have a graphic comparison of the constituents of the normal extracellular and intracellular fluid compartments and the changes that

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