June 1970

Physiology of the Human Kidney.

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USA San Antonio, Tex


By Laurence G Wesson MD. Price, $34. Pp 655, with 107 figures and 19 tables. Grune & Stratton Inc, 381 Park Ave, New York 10016, 1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(6):1082. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310060160029

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In Physiology of the Human Kidney Laurence Wesson has produced the first comprehensive review of renal physiology since Homer Smith's now classic The Kidney: Structure and Function in Health and Disease was published in 1951. Wesson is eminently qualified for this task, having made a significant personal contribution to the field over the past 20 years. His stated intention was "to provide a reasonable body of reference material for the more advanced student." By this definition the book is an unqualified success; it contains over 6,700 references! All but two of the chapters were written solely by Wesson ("The Renin-Angiotensin System" by Patrick J. Mulrow and John A. Goffinet, and "Erythropoietic Function of the Kidney" by Allan Erslev).

Renal physiology has undergone a remarkable period of change in the 18 years that separate Smith's review from the current one; progress may not have been as remarkable, but it rarely is.

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