Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
This is a one-volume comprehensive textbook of nephrology aimed primarily
at the practicing clinician. It has two editors, 162 contributors from 18
countries, 17 sections, 96 chapters, 3164 references, 1229 pages, and a CD
with all images and diagrams that may be used to make one's own slides for
The sections are well defined and follow a logical outline incorporating
the major themes in clinical practice. The first block covers essentials of
anatomy and renal physiology, diagnostic methods for evaluation of renal disease,
and electrolyte disorders. The second block covers the most common disease
entities, including acute renal failure, glomerular diseases, diabetic nephropathy,
and hypertension. The third block includes pregnancy, hereditary and congenital
disorders, urinary tract infections, and urological, tubulointerstitial, and
vascular disorders. The fourth block covers chronic renal failure and the
uremic syndrome, dialysis, and transplantation. The final block includes management
of poisoning and drug overdose and principles of drug dosing in renal failure.
The editors' strategy of having many small chapters on the various aspects
of a large topic is commendable and makes this book quite easy to read. Excellent
cross-referencing makes it easy to jump from one chapter or section to another.
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