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May 29, 1967

The Kidney

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

JAMA. 1967;200(9):801. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120220103039

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The Kidney is a collection of 28 individual essays varying greatly in length and completeness, dealing with specific areas of clinical, pathologic, or physiologic aspects of kidney disease. Of the 33 contributors, 24 are pathologists. The first of three major sections, comprising roughly 60% of the book, contains 16 chapters covering such diverse topics as normal and abnormal development, acute renal failure, pathogenesis of pyelonephritis, and spontaneous renal disease in animals. A second section, on immunological injury of the kidney, contains five relatively brief essays, two concerned with immunological aspects of glomerulonephritis, three with renal transplantation. The last section, 78 pages long, "Symposium on Geographic Pathology of Renal Disease," has a somewhat misleading title.

Whoever anticipates an orderly and comprehensive survey of pathologic physiology and anatomy of the kidney will be disappointed. Large and important areas are either completely neglected or treated very superficially; conversely, other topics are dealt with