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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard J. Glassock, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of a popular book on fluid and electrolyte disorders. The co-editors are respected and internationally renowned experts in the field.
Purpose: It seeks to provide a fully referenced text that encompasses an integrated approach to patients with fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base disorders.
Audience: The content will appeal to the sophisticated consultant seeking answers to complex problems, but will also satisfy the need of the busy clinician to have a readable explanation of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of common electrolyte disturbances.
Features: The 24 chapters are divided into three sections: diagnosis and management; fluid and electrolyte disturbances in specific diseases; and abnormalities of fluid and electrolytes in special populations (e.g., pregnant women). An appendix provides an overview of renal physiology.
Assessment: The book is an improved version over earlier editions. The new chapters focusing on children and elderly patients are welcome additions. The standardized format among chapters makes for easier reading. The references are extensive and current. The index is excellent. Compared with other books of the genre, this is a good value and admirably meets the goals and objectives of the authors: a "best-buy" selection.