The second edition of this volume is a considerably expanded work both in number of contributors and areas covered. With a total of 1,164 pages and numerous references at the conclusion of each chapter, it represents an up-to-date, comprehensive discussion of fluid and electrolyte metabolism. Like many of the more recent texts, it does an excellent job of explaining the pathophysiology of the disease processes, and thus would serve as an excellent psysiology text as well as a useful current reference volume for the practicing physician.
The basic material on water, sodium and potassium metabolism is excellent as are the discussions of acid base and renal disease. In a volume of this size and complexity a reviewer can always find some areas for disagreement. For instance, I would not consider the use of lactate rather than bicarbonate in the treatment of diabetic acidosis and would generally believe the administration of