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October 21, 1968

Structural Basis of Renal Disease

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis

JAMA. 1968;206(4):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150040109035

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Because of the multiple authorship, there are numerous examples of overlapping presentation and discussion, references, and even occasional illustrations that might have been sifted out by more