The avowed objective of this volume according to the author, Dr. Hans Keitel, is to describe the pathologic physiology of body fluids in quantitative terms. He has succeeded in simplifying the problems so that they may be more readily grasped by those uninitiated in the mysteries of fluid and electrolyte balance.
The book is divided into five chapters, with many subdivisions and three appendices. Among other things, introduction covers the selection of normal subjects, indices for guiding fluid therapy, and homeostatic mechanisms. The second chapter deals with general considerations of the composition and physiology of body fluids. The third chapter is concerned with prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of fluid imbalances. One section deals with principles of treatment, another with complications; several examples are given of patients with fluid imbalance treated with parenteral fluids. Chapter 4 outlines the problems and treatment of the various forms of acidosis and alkalosis, specific ion