November 27, 1967

Ultrastructure of the Kidney

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edited by Albert J. Dalton and Francois Haguenau (Ultrastructure in Biological Systems, vol 2), 240 pp, with illus, $14, New York and London: Academic Press, Inc., 1967.

JAMA. 1967;202(9):918. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130220106038

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This well-edited monograph represents a scholarly compilation of observations relating renal ultrastructure and function. The five chapters provide adequate consideration of recent developments, and there is only an occasional duplication of material. The chapter on the fine structure of renal tubules in cortex and medulla by Latta, Maunsbach, and Osvaldo is especially informative. This one paper makes available a wealth of observations that are discussed in detail and related to earlier studies on structure and function. This chapter alone easily justifies the preparation of the volume. In another chapter Michielson and Creemers summarize the evolution of thought on the structure and function of the glomerular mesangium and provide new observations important to understanding the entire glomerulus. The remaining chapters vary somewhat in scope and general approach and are valuable review sources of subjects considered in greater depth elsewhere. Some of the illustrations are excellent and others are of poor technical