June 27, 1953

Acute Renal Failure, Including the Use of the Artificial Kidney.

JAMA. 1953;152(9):877. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690090101034

This book describes and interprets the signs of acute renal failure and presents the treatment, including the use of the artificial kidney. There are discussions on factors that produce renal insufficiency, role of acid-base balance, renal circulation, lower nephron nephrosis, and treatment. But the work is unsatisfactory, for inaccurate or careless statements are found throughout the book. The author often fails to recognize that the support offered for his beliefs has been disproved or is, at least, far from accepted. For example, it is stated that renal blood flow in acute renal insufficiency is dependent on increased viscosity, vasoexcitor material, vasodepressor material, Trueta arteriovenous shunts, and the Barrie renal sponge. Investigators' names are used or omitted for no evident reason; for example, Borst is not mentioned in connection with the high caloric diet. Kolff reported on the artificial kidney in 1943, not concurrently with Murray in 1947. The make-up of

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