March 27, 1967

Pathology of the Kidney

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by Robert H. Heptinstall, 836 pp, 389 illus, $28.50, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(13):1012. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120130098027

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Nephrology, a branch of medicine claimed by both internists and urologists, has come of age. As a result of new methods of study during the past 20 years, renal pathology is gradually being rewritten, based on the findings obtained by such techniques as percutaneous renal biopsy, electronmicroscopy, and immunopathology, among others. Many old concepts derived from the careful study of postmortem specimens, but often without adequate clinical and laboratory controls, have been modified or completely discarded. New morphologic observations on living patients are at long last leading us to the full acceptance of the often stated but not generally shared thesis that structure and function are inseparable.

This is the first entirely new book on the pathology of renal diseases in the English language to appear in many years. The author, professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins, has been able to summarize our present knowledge in approximately 800 pages, with