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April 1977

Illustrated Manual of Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders

Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):542. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040194042

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This fine manual of fluid and electrolyte disorders is written by R. D. Collins, director of the internal medical residency program in Pensacola, Fla.

The principal feature of the book that sets it apart from most other books of this type is an attempt to use colored graphics to illuminate the complex interrelationships of volume and concentration, together with the observed values reported back from laboratory studies of blood or urine.

The Lippincott Company has done an able and remarkable job of putting forth this colored atlas, with its description of a variety of syndromes, for $22.50.

One may question whether changes in gastrointestinal function or pulmonary ventilation must always be accompanied by a cartoon picture of the stomach and intestine or lungs. Nonetheless, this may have educational value for certain special audiences who have not been accustomed to thinking about visceral function in relation to blood chemistry.

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