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July 19, 1965

Renal Biopsy

JAMA. 1965;193(3):251-252. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090030073038

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The book is a brief review of the author's own experience with 500 percutaneous renal biopsies. The description of disease patterns as seen by light microscopy is succinct, emphasizing the essentials. After a survey of normal histology, diseases of the glomeruli are principally considered, and the anatomical basis for the nephrotic syndrome is discussed in detail. Distinguishing it from membranous glomerulonephritis, the author uses the term "minimal change nephritis" for the entity more widely known as "lipoid nephrosis," in view of the inadequacy of the latter noun. However, this misnomer may still be preferable to a term as indefinite as the one proposed. Glomerulonephritis is well covered, and diseases affecting tubules and interstitium are not slighted. The patchy involvement of the kidney in pyelonephritis explains the limited usefulness of renal biopsy in this condition.

The illustrations, black and white only, are generally of good quality and have informative captions. There

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