Dr. Norman Deane, Associate Professor of Medicine at the New York Medical College, states in the introduction to his book that he plans to answer some of the questions he has received from medical students, house officers, and physicians concerning water and electrolyte disorders. With this idea in mind the author has been most successful in presenting a concise, well-organized, and highly practical discussion of the most frequent derangements of fluid and electrolyte metabolism.
Introducing each subject with an actual case history, the author proceeds to discuss sodium depletion, dehydration, and acidosis. Further, he gives practical suggestions for calculating deficits using accepted formulas that should prove helpful to the intern facing decisions in critically ill patients.
Dr. Deane's presentation of the subject of renal physiology is concise and well developed. Such subjects as the countercurrent mechanisms which so often are mentioned in passing or dealt with in confusing terms have