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Books, Journals, New Media
June 16, 2004


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(23):2876. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2876-a

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 presentations.

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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