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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Stefan G Kiessling, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This book, part of the Lange Instant Access series, provides a comprehensive and easily accessible guide for clinicians dealing with acid-base, fluid, and electrolyte problem-solving on a daily basis. Edited by experts in the field, this concise review of the facts in physiology and pathophysiology is presented in bullet format and tables useful as a quick reference for individuals familiar with the topics or for healthcare professionals trying to acquire a basic understanding without getting overwhelmed with information.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference and easy to understand framework for the evaluation of commonly seen acid-base, fluid, and electrolyte abnormalities without going into as much detail as in medical textbooks. The book meets, and often exceeds, the objectives by providing a comprehensive tool that focuses on the core messages needed to properly assess patients in clinical practice.
Audience: The target audience includes medical providers at all levels (from student to senior faculty) taking care of patients with simple or complex disorders of acid-base, fluids, and electrolytes or anyone interested in an easy to access review of the (patho)physiology of the electrolyte homeostasis. It also appears to be a very useful resource for trainees in various subspecialties including intensive care medicine and nephrology. The authors are well known and published experts in the field.
Features: The book covers all common disorders of electrolyte, acid-base, and fluid homeostasis in a well organized fashion. Each chapter starts with a well structured outline allowing the readers to quickly find what they are looking for. Information is presented in a simple bullet (one sentence) format making it easy to review and digest. Additional information can be readily found in available textbooks if so desired.
Assessment: This is very useful for providers who desire a fast review of fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base disorders without asking for in-depth information. Background information about pathophysiology and references are not included, but are not needed. This makes the book unique and quite different from other available resources on the topic such as Halperin and Goldstein, Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Physiology: A Problem-Based Approach, 3rd edition (Elsevier, 1998) and Rose and Post, Clinical Physiology of Acid-Base Disorders, 5th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2000).