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October 18, 1995

Massry and Glassock's Textbook of Nephrology

Author Affiliations

Cook County Hospital Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1995;274(15):1248-1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530150072043

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In an age of instant information flow across webs that penetrate to the remotest corners of the earth, elegant traditional textbooks like the third edition of Massry and Glassock's Textbook of Nephrology continue to fill a need. This they achieve by assembling in one easily accessible place the latest advances in medical knowledge and the many changes in what an earlier author called "the tempestuous winds of medical fashion."

These textbooks in a way resemble businesses in a competitive market. The successful ones survive; the others eventually fall by the wayside. This one would seem to have a good prognosis: it is already in its third edition, it is readable, and it represents a pleasant compromise between the smaller, largely clinical manuals and the more exhaustive (and exhausting) compendia with their long chapters that never seem to end.

The chapters in these volumes are of a reasonable length. Instead of

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