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Acid-base, Fluids and Electrolytes Made Ridiculously Simple (Medmaster Series) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: MedMaster Inc.,U.S. (Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940780313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940780316
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,301,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really worth the money 15 July 2004
I am really glad I bought this book - it is worth every penny I spent on it. The book has 10 chapters: the first two are an introduction to physiology and basic rules of iv fluid therapy -both very helpful; seven chapters are dedicated to specific disturbances of water, electrolyte and acid-base balance and one to more complex disturbances. Both diagnosis and treatment are discussed, as well as consequences of inadequate treatment.
The author introduces several key concepts and gives many clinical examples so as to reinforce them. At the end of every chapter there are clinical cases to solve - more than 100 cases in the whole book. As in real life, we encounter uncompliant or unknown patients, some cases are „telephone consultations". Detailed answers are provided.
The book is easy to read, almost „chatty". What irritated me was its very monotonous layout, obviously not the author's fault (there are tables and figures all right, if only the editor took some pains to do make the book as attractive visually as its content deserves...). Another thing I missed were „the other electrolytes" - there are chapters on hypo- and hypernatremia, hypo-and hyperkalemia... and there the list of electrolytes seemingly ends - what about calcium, magnesium and chloride, at least?
I think the book should be helpful to medical students, junior doctors and nurses - and to everybody else who'd like to feel (really) comfortable managing fluid&electrolyte imbalance.
In his foreword, the author states that "it is better to know how to approach and solve clinical problems, rather than to get stuck on the fine points of pathophysiology" - well, that's what I always thought, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An excellent, easy to read guide to sorting out fluid balance and fluid regimes in almost all situations. The book starts very simply, guiding you through the basic principles behind fluid balance and then advances to discuss commonly encountered, patient-orientated problems. Each chapter ends with a few self-test questions to help reinforce your learning.
A fantastic book for all medical students and junior doctors to help get a grip of this very important and yet, usually not well taught, topic. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation is the key 6 April 2005
By Scott A. Luke - Published on
This is an excellent book for those interested in laying the foundation toward the understanding of fluids and acid/base. This is an exceptionally intricate topic but this book really does a great job in getting you started. I think the target audience is ideally the 3rd year medical student. However, it is never too late to read this book and as a resident I go back to it on occasion to help me to see the greater picture.
This book is very interesting and can be read with understanding in a weekend. However, I must say this is one of those books that should be read many times over. Every time I pick it up I learn something new...however, that is part of the beauty of acid/base and electrolytes in general.

I believe that electrolytes are the key to much of medicine. However, most students/residents/attendings dismiss electrolytes as if they represent merely yesterday's news. As stated - I think this book is really a very good STARTER-book. The electrolytes fever may take place here. Should you catch the fever I have two more books that I highly recommend.

Pick up Mitch Halperin's Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Physiology. This book is full of clinical examples and uses a practical integrative physiology approach to learning. Well worth any amount of money that you put down.

Burton Rose's Clinical Physiology of Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders is a beautiful text as well. This is the "Up-to-Date" guy that many residents/physicians use while on-call. Heck, most physicians that use the service have read his hyponatremia sections in Up-to-Date. Well, his book will NOT disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously Amazing 11 Nov 2004
By Positivity - Published on
First - to comment on the "negative reviews":

1 - Yes, you need to know some renal physio to read this book, this is a book that is highly recommended for Medical Students, not for patient education.

2 - Right - this book is not intended to teach Renal physio -- read the title of this book. Dont look for explanations on GFR and the such in here -- this book was not made for this.

Ok - now my review:

This book will help you in your clinical studies tremendously -- it helped me while taking internal medicine (helps you finally learn which patients need which kinds of fluids with which supplementations, and at what rate to give it, etc.), tx of DKA is prevalent in my hospital and it helped with that too. It helped me in Critical Care -- where accurate reading of ABGs is mandatory, hyponatremia/pseudohyponatremia is super common, and other electrolyte disturbances need to be evaluated. Even helped me in GI! I haven't taken Nephro yet -- but I am sure it will help me there too.

This book is concise, logical, and clear. It makes tough topics easy to understand, but does not oversimplify. Topics that are super high yield for clinical practice and step 2 are explained perfectly. Perfect for med students. I think it will be too simplistic for residents -- who I think already know this stuff cold. This book is great and I highly recommend it.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for this book 12 Jun 2001
By Jeff Kurzon - Published on
Acid/Base Made Simple was a very valuable guide during all four years of med school -- it saved me more than a few times from embarassing gaps in knowledge. Three of my residents said that they still use it as their primary reference when they encounter acid/base physiology problems. The explanations were crystal clear and the topics addressed are all clinically important ones that come up again and again in the hospital. The book has excellent diagrams, but its strongest point I thought was it's writing style. In contrast to many books on the subject, this one is written in a casual, almost conversational style that makes it so much easier to read and learn. This is one of the few books that has earned a spot on my bookshelf and will not be sold at the end of med school!
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent nuts and bolts perspective 31 Dec 2004
By Ryan McNabb - Published on
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I'm glad I found this - fluids and acid/base is one of those topics that is easy to get a grip on (even basic EMT's have a fair working knowledge of it) but very difficult to master, unless someone shows you the path. In this case, the path goes through the loop of Henle, and while you will get lost if you don't know your renal physiology (you better know the loop cold) this is the best little volume I've ever seen for laying it all out. It is a very dense book - there is no fluff. I gave up highlighting after a while because nearly every line was important. It will also bear repeated readings. Some of the chapters only made sense on the second or third reading, and this was with the material made as simple as it could be made. But if you're stuck on nephrology and acid/base and can't seem to make heads or tails of this topic, I highly recommend this little book. It also greatly benefits from multiple real world exercises using the many formulae that you'll learn, calculating fluid and electrolyte defecits. Great stuff.

For PA's and MD's (and students of same.) I can't see it being of any real use to staff nurses unless they work in a really high speed ICU or they just want to know a lot more than they learned in school.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Readable 7 Dec 2004
By Kristi Swede - Published on
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This is a wonderful little book that makes these complex topics clear. The concepts are laid out in easy-to-follow steps, and the cases at the end of each chapter really help you integrate the concepts.

If you are looking for a clear introduction to this complex topic, you will find this book a superb guide. I've enjoyed Acid-Base the most of the "Ridiculously Simple" series, and found it to be elegantly simple.
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