Clinicians are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of potassium in a variety of disease states. Numerous papers on the basic and clinical aspects of potassium metabolism are scattered widely in the medical and scientific literature of recent years. This small book represents an effort to summarize in a convenient fashion for the practitioner current information on potassium. Only a few references are given, and little effort is made to document the statements made.
The first chapter deals with normal potassium metabolism and the role of this ion in enzyme systems and in muscle and nerve function. These subjects are treated in a rather superficial fashion. The two main chapters are concerned with potassium deficiency and potassium excess. These chapters discuss briefly the important clinical conditions and situations in which potassium metabolism may be abnormal. Illustrative case reports are given, but these are extremely brief. The signs, symptoms, and laboratory
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