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September 27, 1930

THE PROBLEM OF THE CLASSIFICATION OF NEPHRITIS

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the Department of Pathology, Northwestern University Medical School.

JAMA. 1930;95(13):930-932. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720130026008
Abstract

The classification of nephritis is a source of great confusion to students and practitioners of medicine. Most discussions of this subject take the form of a defense of some proposed classification. It has seemed to me that a simpler approach would be a statement and discussion of the problems involved rather than the presentation of some particular classification. This method should furnish a means by which any rational classification may be made intelligible.

There are many reasons why a satisfactory classification of nephritis is difficult to attain. In the first place, the kidneys are highly complex organs. This complexity becomes evident from a mere cataloguing of the various parts of the kidney more or less intimately associated with its function: the renal arteries and arterioles, including the afferent vessels; the glomeruli with their tufts of capillaries lined with endothelium and covered with flat epithelium; Bowman's capsule; the tubules with their

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