Dr. Tovey says in his preface, "during recent years several books on fluid balance have been published." The actual number of monographs is in excess of forty. One of the first was by Marriott, who had delivered a series of Croomian Lectures of the Royal College of Physicians in London on Dec. 3 and 5, 1946. Marriott was asked to contribute to the series of American lectures and hastened to point out that he was a physician and not a physiologist. He added, "This may, I hope, be taken into account in excusing any defects in presentation of physiology and in explaining the clinical standpoint from which I have written."
He acknowledged the help of Prof. J. L. Gamble, Prof. R. A. McCance, Prof. D. A. K. Black, and others in supplying diagrams and references. The book was short (seventy-five pages), concise, and a real addition to many busy physicians'