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September 16, 1961

Clinical Disturbances of Renal Function

JAMA. 1961;177(11):816-817. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040370078034

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This book is meant for the physician dealing with a patient who has albuminuria, or edema, or hypertension, or other possible manifestations of renal dysfunction. The aim is to answer practical questions of diagnosis and management, but the orientation is biochemical and physiological. An immense number of publications on the kidney have been reviewed, and diagrams are liberally used in order to explain such concepts as clearance, balance, filtration, and transudation. Four early chapters deal with the nephritides, nephrosis, hypertension, and acute renal failure. Eight subsequent chapters deal with the obstetrical, surgical, urologic, cardiopulmonary, hormonal, genetic, and neuropsychiatric aspects of renal dysfunction. The 3 final chapters deal with the relation of age to renal disorders, the therapeutic use of water and electrolytes, and the evaluation of renal function for diagnostic purposes.

The author's logic is not always clear, and the opening definitions, which the author refers to as "thematic," are

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