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April 10, 2002

Nephrology, ImmunologyImmunologic Renal Diseases

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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edited by Eric G. Neilson and William G. Couser, 2nd ed, 1328 pp, with illus, $299, ISBN 0-7817-2773-1, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(14):1864-1865. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1864-JBK0410-2-1

Compared with Harry Potter's adventures with the sorcerer's stone, this book makes rather dry reading. But, then, it is not bedside reading for the ordinary clinical muggle. Instead, it is an extensive compendium designed for the select wizard trying to understand what keeps the kidney in good working condition and what happens when it goes wrong and develops those diseases that fascinate the scientist but fail to amuse those who happen to be afflicted with them.

The book is an upgrade of the 1997 version, double duty for the reviewer, who must read the new, compare it to the old, and remind himself of what he wrote the last time. Concerning the latter, I mentioned in my previous review that the book covered all the interesting developments that eventually will revolutionize therapeutics—growth hormones, interferons, interleukins, endothelins, nitrites—and that it explained cellular immunity, histocompatibility complexes, antibodies, immune complexes, progression of renal disease, and the mechanism of fibrosis.

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