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A Commentary on the Use of Rational Oral Electrolyte Therapy

Laurence Finberg, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999;153(9):910-912. doi:10.1001/archpedi.153.9.910.
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The following dissertation is derived partially from the literature, is partially a personal memoir, and contains a speculation. I try to answer the question of why oral glucose-electrolyte therapy was so long delayed as a part of the therapeutic armamentarium and why the present formulation of rehydration solutions has taken so long to gain acceptance in the United States. The story begins 268 years ago.

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