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The regulation of acid-base balance has fascinated many clinical scientists from the time they were medical students. Michael Crichton, a Harvard Medical School graduate who became a fiction author, used acid-base balance in The Andromeda Strain as the common link between the diabetic ketoacidosis of an alcoholic man and the respiratory alkalosis of a crying baby as the mechanism protecting these individuals against an extraterrestrial virus. Perhaps the 24 contributors to the book by Seldin and Giebisch were similarly fascinated by acid-base disorders. The book provides detailed accounts of the basic mechanisms of acid-base disorders with practical, albeit brief, information
The Regulation of Acid-Base Balance. Ann Intern Med. ;111:347–348. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-4-347_6
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(4):347-348.
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