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May 8, 1981

Renal and Electrolyte Disorders

Author Affiliations

St Joseph Hospital Orange, Calif


edited by Robert W. Schrier, ed 2; 624 pp, with illus, $22.95, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1980.

JAMA. 1981;245(18):1869. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310430059027

This compact book faithfully reflects its editor's keen interest in the union of physiology and clinical medicine. The text is equally divided between fluid and electrolyte matters and renal diseases.

The first half begins with an excellent description of water balance and disturbances of serum sodium. Particular and informative attention is paid to mixed acid-base disturbances and to the interpretation of high and low anion gaps. A tightly written chapter on magnesium is a welcome contribution. A few minor criticisms can be made. Some of the branching designs in the figures are a bit wearying to the eye, and the occurrence of blurred type in those figures is distracting.

The second half of the book contains excellent chapters on proteinuria and glomerular diseases by Glassock and others. Dr Glassock revives a long-forgotten suggestion that glomerular disease must be described on four levels, ie, etiology, pathogenesis, morphology, and clinical syndromes. This,