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It is the common fate of accumulating human knowledge that periodically large tracts of it become enshrined in beautifully bound volumes engraved with golden letters, to be neatly arranged on shelves by generally shortsighted librarians. Such volumes have adorned the massive halls of famous libraries at least since the time of the great library of Alexandria and certainly since the Middle Ages, giving rise to the nagging question of how so many people could have written so much when so little was known.
In nephrology, however, much has been learned since the early days after World War II, when dialysis, transplantation, and renal biopsy began to transform a once sleepy academic pursuit into a dynamic subspecialty that has affected and saved the lives of thousands. All this knowledge Professor Cameron and his collaborators have now assembled into three excellent volumes written by some 210 collaborators from all over the world,
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