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Ann Surg. This is not the definitive resource with the history of medicine or citation of the latest research. It is, however, an excellent and easy-to-use review of these five topics and their application in the surgical patient. This information is particularly applicable to the critically ill or complicated patient. Each chapter is designed to outline the basic physiology and then to apply that information to specific examples in the surgical population.
An example of this is the chapter on electrolytes and potassium metabolism. Here, the author uses a brief review of cell physiology to both explain the inter- and extra-cellular flow of potassium, as well as the rational behind the therapeutic interventions used by surgeons.
It is clear that the author believes that understanding these basic principles and their intricate interactions in the body is imperative to the optimal management of the critically ill surgical patient. It is the critical care edge to this compact book that I found most enlightening. Overall, the author does an excellent job of staying on task and focusing on the salient aspects of each topic, helping make the information more memorable.
When he does digress, it is done as a nondistracting footnote at the bottom of the page. He makes ample uses of tables, charts, formulas, and figures that are very helpful and make a quick review possible. The end of the book is comprised of a series of succinct tables encapsulating much of the information outlined in the previous chapters.
While I found these tables simplified, they were an excellent and quick resource, a very nice way of summarizing key information that would be particularly useful to the medical student or junior resident.
Fluids and Electrolytes in the Surgical Patient