This book is the second edition of a new standard text and reference dealing with body water and solutes. The approach is comprehensive.
As a subject, fluid and electrolyte metabolism can be defined either broadly or narrowly and the books about it are thick or thin accordingly. Thin ones (there are several in print) usually begin with a chapter on fundamentals of compartments, pools, and spaces and of acid-base chemistry, go on to classify abnormalities of fluid homeostasis, and then outline treatment for each category.
Maxwell and Kleeman's book is one of the other, thick kind. Just as the world can be seen in a grain of sand, the entire field of medicine can be approached from the fluid and electrolyte point of view. In this book, chapters are devoted to systematic consideration of specific disease entities: acute and chronic renal failure, cardiovascular disease, endocrine disorders and a variety of