The Pathophysiology and Treatment of Body Fluid Disturbances.Clinical Metabolism of Body Water and Electrolytes.The Body Cell Mass and Its Supporting Environment. Body Composition in Health and Disease.. Ann Intern Med. 1964;60:339-341. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-339_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_1):339-341.
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The treatment of fluid and electrolyte disorders is regarded by many physicians as a hopelessly complex problem; far more complex, for example, than the proper use of digitalis. Does this view arise from the need to add and multiply in designing such treatment, or is it due to the too-many variables ("parameters" in current jargon) that must be taken into account, albeit, variables no greater in number but more accessible to analysis than those present in many other medical problems? Whatever the reason, "salt and water" problems often do seem to be appallingly complex. Hence, since this field has been
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