Under this title Peters has summarized the present knowledge of the body fluids and the various factors governing their exchanges. While a major portion of the leading papers on the subject are reviewed, the monotony so frequently found in exhaustive, uncritical compilations of literature is avoided. Having spent many years of arduous work in the general field covered, the author is in an authoritative position to offer critical interpretations of the results of experiments. This has given distinctive character to the book. A considerable volume of previously unpublished data is also presented, and some more or less original theories are set forth.
The subject matter included is much more extensive than one might surmise from the title. In fact, water per se receives but minor consideration in comparison with that given to the solutes contained in body fluids. For instance, the theories of alimentary absorption and excretion of both inorganic