July 1956

The Treatment of Renal Failure.

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By John P. Merrill, M.D. Price, $6.75. Pp. 238, with 31 illustrations. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;98(1):121. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250250127019

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This volume is an extremely valuable collection of data and ideas concerning the management of acute and chronic renal failure. The author is internationally known for his interest in renal disease, particularly for his work in homotransplantation of kidney tissue and use of the artificial kidney.

The book is a small one and suffers at times because certain subjects are treated with great brevity, but generally the concision is a virtue. It is easy to read despite, at times, a tendency toward the intemperate use of the adjective "marked." It is well edited (only two minor errors being found), but contains only the commercial name for some of the drugs mentioned.

The author's discussion of the treatment of renal failure by extrarenal routes and his discourse on the general topic of acute renal failure leave little to be desired. From the standpoint of clarity and excellence, these sections must rank

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