oa South African Medical Journal - Thirst at sea - sea-water enemas

Volume 16, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Sea-water enemas were given daily to three fasting volunteers deprived of all fluid for a period of eighty hours; three similar volunteers, also fasting and deprived of all fluids, served as controls. It is our opinion that sea-water, although absorbed from the rectum, is of little or no value in maintaining the body's waterbalance, and is possibly even harmful in that it enforces tissue dehydration and causes the kidney maximal work, as shown by the lumbar pain in two of the three sea-water group.

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