"Antidotal Thirst": A Response to Intoxication

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Science  16 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3916, pp. 297-298
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3916.297


Albino rats increased their intake of water soon after they were given a load of 0.12 molar lithium chloride in the stomach. Alterations in blood volume and tonicity could not account for the magnitude of the thirst observed, which served to facilitate the renal excretion of the toxic lithium ions.

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