July 1976

Pediatric Nephrology

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1300 Morris Park Ave Bronx, NY 10461


vol 11, Major Problems in Clinical Pediatrics series, by Pierre Royer, Renee Habib, Henri Mathieu, and Michel Broyer, 454 pp, $19, WB Saunders Co, 1974.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(7):785-786. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120080107027

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In this small volume (454 pp) is collected a vast amount of information, which will be of value to the family practitioner, pediatrician, internist, and urologist. Almost all the major disorders of the kidneys are included, and most of the discussion is based on the authors' own medical experience. Although this is the most valuable aspect of the book and makes for interesting reading, it does result in numerous instances of imbalance in the length of discussion of various topics. For example, more than four pages are devoted to idiopathic hypercalciuria, whereas all the aminoacidurias are disposed of in one short table. The chapter on hypertension is given in only nine pages, and no discussion of "essential hypertension" can be found. The text, beautifully translated from the original French, is concise, lucid, and readable. Topics are discussed primarily from a clinical perspective, and one wishes that more space were devoted

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