Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
It has been suggested that medical practitioners possessed of less than an encyclopedic memory might be better off reading a textbook from cover to cover every few years rather than trying to keep up by reading only medical journals. "Read one book many times rather than many books once" was the wise ancient maxim, and for those wishing to unravel the mysteries of renal diseases the three volumes of the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology may be just the thing.
This is the second edition, the first having been published in 1992. When I reviewed it at the time, I commented that I would definitely buy the second edition unless I were asked to review it again. While reflecting on the prospects of yet another opportunity in the fourth year of the next millennium, I find that this fin de siècle compilation covers well the many great advances that in recent decades have revolutionized the discipline of nephrology: dialysis, transplantation, antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections, renal biopsy, a more precise classification of renal syndromes and diseases, the promise of molecular biology, and the recent breakthroughs in our understanding of cytokines, adhesion molecules, growth factors, and mechanisms of progression to glomerular and interstitial fibrosis.
NephrologyOxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology, vols 1-3. JAMA. 1998;280(8):752. doi:10.1001/jama.280.8.752-JBK0826-2-1