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Sept 1, 1969

The Kidney: Morphology, Biochemistry and Physiology

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1969;209(9):1370. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160220060033

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This book is the first volume of a proposed trilogy concerned with the kidney and its functions. It contains, in fact, six monographs dealing with the embryonic kidney, general anatomy and histology, histochemistry, and ultrastructure of the normal and pathologic glomerulus, tubules, and interstitial tissue. Three of the six chapters have been translated into the English language. Approximately 70% of the references listed in these three chapters are from the Englishlanguage literature. The references are pertinent, numerous, and recent, with the latest published reference dated 1968.

Rouiller's chapter concerning general anatomy and histology is outstanding. He includes rather complete references to the classic works dealing with renal structure and thoroughly describes and references the problems and contradictory interpretations concerning the question of intrarenal arteriovenous anastomoses. Simon and Chatelanat's chapter concerning the ultrastructure of the normal and pathologic glomerulus is especially complete, well illustrated, and thought provoking.

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