R. DOUGLAS COLLINS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
To the editor: I find Stanley Goldfarb's review of my book Illustrated Manual of Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders (Ann Intern Med 85:833-834, 1976) both inaccurate and full of value judgements. For example, he states the book proposes that "pathologic diaphoresis somehow leads to water excess." In fact, nowhere in the illustration on page 94 or in the discussion of pathologic diaphoresis on page 95 is water excess demonstrated or mentioned.
His conclusion that the section on differential diagnosis proposes a "concept that the diagnosis of fluid and electrolyte metabolism should be learned by rote" is simply illogical because the text
COLLINS RD. Book Review. Ann Intern Med. ;86:511. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-4-511_1
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