EDWARD C. MASON, M.D., PH.D., F.A.C.P.; ARTHUR A. HELLBAUM, M.A., PH.D.
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Under certain abnormal conditions, the body tissues hold an abnormally large amount of water (edema), and this increased hydration of the tissues most frequently accompanies impairment of the blood circulation. One of the functions of the blood is to carry waste products (solid, liquid, and gas) rom the tissues; the most obvious of these is the transport of carbon dioxide. If carbon dioxide is allowed to accumulate in the presence of water, the result is the formation of carbonic acid. Studies conducted on excised organs and other colloids have revealed the fact that acid produces a marked increase in their
MASON EC, HELLBAUM AA. ACID-BASE WATER BALANCE*. Ann Intern Med. 1938;11:2206–2213. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-11-12-2206
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;11(12):2206-2213.
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