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Berlyne has written a semiprogrammed course in renal diseases which requires approximately 11½ hours to complete. Although this course appears in a nearly pocketsized book, remarkably, it contains material in a condensed form on a broad variety of subjects pertaining to nephrology. Included are chapters devoted to renal anatomy, physiology, and function; there is discussion of a number of common renal diseases, acute and chronic failure, congenital and inherited diseases of the kidney, and "drugs-and-the-kidney."
The format consists of a paragraph of text followed by a question derived from information presented in the preceding paragraph. This technique serves as an effective means of teaching because of the anticipated inquiry, but all too often the questions are too simple.
Appropriate emphasis on the clinical aspects of nephrology is reflected in the didactic portion of the text. Where controversy exists, the author usually presents one interpretation and fails to indicate alternatives. Numerous
Knepshield JH. A Course in Renal Diseases.. Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):337. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080143029