December 1977

The Kidney

Author Affiliations

Detroit, Mich


edited by Barry M. Brenner, MD and Floyd C. Rector, Jr, MD, 762 pp, $85 (2 vol), Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1976.

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(12):1738. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630240070027

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The Kidney is a two-volume reference that brings together 88 authors, the list of which represents a "who's who" of kidney function and/or disease, and contributes up-to-date information within an exceptionally well-organized sequence of topics. The text has five major sections dealing with: (1) normal renal structure and physiology, (2) fluid and electrolyte and acid-base disturbances, (3) major categories of specific kidney diseases, (4) pathophysiology of renal disease, and (5) major topics in patient management. The 49 chapters within those sections cover the breadth of nephrology in-depth. A major and intensive effort seems to have been made to bring the basic science and experimental information that is pertinent to renal function and malfunction into juxtaposition with the clinical manifestations and management of kidney diseases. Thus, the reader has one source that covers the essence of nephrology-related information that is otherwise scattered through multiple texts, monographs, and journals; and the reader

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