January 1969

Physiology of the Kidney and Body Fluids.

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By Robert F. Pitts, PhD, MD. Price, $8. Pp 256, with 111 figures and 24 tables. Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 35 E Wacker Dr, Chicago 60601, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(1):104-105. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300110106025

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The second edition of Pitts' popular book on renal physiology continues to be the best presentation of the subject presently available. The author has made a substantial effort at adding recent material, particularly the contributions of micropuncture. Some of the chapter bibliographies have been doubled by inclusion of new material. The overall format of the book has been retained which, unfortunately, includes the chapters on renal function in disease and the uremic syndrome. These seem not to have been changed at all and therefore still include a number of highly questionable assertions. These include comments on renoprival hypertension in man, the mechanism of hypoalbuminuria in the nephrotic syndrome, the effects of hyperkalemia, and the types of artificial kidneys now in common use. Pitts' views on these, in a clinical context, are in considerable need of consultation. Nevertheless, we continue to enjoy and esteem this book and to present a

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