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October 25, 1976

The Kidney

Author Affiliations

St Joseph Hospital Orange, Calif

JAMA. 1976;236(17):1996. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270180066032

Five brief years have passed since the second edition of Strauss and Welt. That era comes to an end with the appearance of a new and complete nephrology text for which there is no competition. Brenner and Rector have combined a well-conceived editorial plan, with a series of brilliant chapters which begin with anatomy, run through the entire range of nephrology, and end with the pharmacology of renal failure. Clinical scholarship is the phrase that echoes as I read this book. The breadth and style of coverage of topics by the several authors results in that most delightful of creations— clinical houses built of basic science bricks.

Although it is neither possible nor necessary to review each chapter, some cannot be left unmentioned. For example, anatomy, freed at last from the anatomists, is carried in a lively fashion right down to the anatomy of molecules, with clinical implications liberally sprinkled