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If we consider a primer as an initial guide to an area of knowledge, Emanuel Goldberger has provided a concise and useful clinical reference in the area of fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance. The fourth edition of this increasingly recognized volume is to be particularly commended for its timeliness. Such recent areas of clinical characterization and laboratory description as lactic acidosis, tertiary hyperparathyroidism, and hyperosmolal nonketoacidotic diabetic coma receive succinct discussion. The Astrup terminology and methodology for the characterization of acid-base disorders is lucidly explained, and its areas of limitations are critically considered; the clinical discussions give both the Astrup
A Primer of Water, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Syndromes.. Ann Intern Med. ;73:1053–1054. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-6-1053_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(6):1053-1054.
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