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August 17, 1970

Laboratory Diagnosis of Kidney Diseases

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1970;213(7):1196. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170330076024

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This book contains the edited proceedings of a seminar held during November 1967. Each of the book's 50 chapters is, in fact, a separate paper. Of the 1,595 references, only 23 are dated later than 1967. Several papers are exceptionally well written. These deal with identification of urinary pigments, the differentiation of hemoglobinuria and myoglobinuria, urine and serum proteins, acute renal failure, primary glomerular disease, and renal complications of diabetes mellitus. Other well-written papers describe microdissection of the nephron, urinary calculi, drug-induced nephropathy, immunopathogenesis of renal disease, and the association between renal and liver disease.

There is a genuine need for a book to describe current laboratory methods and integrate the results obtained with historical, physical and roentgenographic findings. I had hoped this book would fill the void, but it does not. The compilation of separate papers without integrating discussions or summaries does not achieve a systematic cohesive description of