Disturbances in water and mineral metabolism are considered to be important pathogenic factors in a large number of diseases. These disturbances are of two types, either a general retention of water and minerals or a mobilization with local accumulation of water and minerals previously retained throughout the body.
The contents of the book are arranged in three parts. Part 1 consists of a presentation of the physiologic and pathologic principles underlying water and mineral metabolism. In part 2 the author discusses those diseases in which retention or mobilization of water and minerals is considered of prime etiologic importance. Part 3 contains the therapeutic procedures, both dietary and medicinal. Many cases are reviewed to demonstrate the methods of treatment and the good results from therapy.
Pathologic retention of water and minerals is considered of fundamental importance in the following conditions: epilepsy, eclampsia of pregnancy and infancy, migraine, angina pectoris, allergic diseases,