Raymond R. Townsend, MD
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Townsend R.; Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders. A Companion to Brenner & Rector's The Kidney. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:240. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-3-200302040-00029
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(3):240.
DuBose T and Hamm L. 574 pages. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2002. $110.00. ISBN 0721689566. Order at http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/.
Field of medicine: Internal medicine, nephrology, and intensive care unit medicine.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Nephrologists, intensivists, internists, residents, and medical students.
Purpose: To provide a concise, practical, and clinical yet physiologic approach to electrolyte and acid-base disturbances and their treatment.
Content: The book consists of 28 chapters divided into five sections: acid-base, water, sodium, potassium, and divalent ions.
Highlights: DuBose and Hamm have enlisted a group of recognized gurus and pack a lot of current information into this high-quality book. The practical recommendations for treatment of edema states contain the coveted “maximum intermittent dose” guidelines in a table for diuretic therapy stratified by renal function. The coverage of genetic disorders of the epithelial sodium channel is current and informative, given the emerging importance of genomics in all medical specialties. Chapter 27 covers disorders of phosphate metabolism. In addition to lucid writing, the approaches to treatment of phosphate disorders and the mechanisms by which hyperphosphatemia contributes to vascular calcification are worth reading. There is no cross-pollination between the primary source (Brenner and Rector's The Kidney) and this book; thus, it provides some new insights and does not serve as a vehicle to simply repeat the figures and tables of the “parent” work.
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