April 1983

Pediatric Urology

Author Affiliations

Division of Urology University of Vermont Burlington, VT 05401


ed 2, edited by D. Innes Williams and J. H. Johnston, 581 pp, with illus, $115, Woburn, Mass, Butterworth & Co Ltd, 1982.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(4):412. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140300090037

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Pediatric Urology is a comprehensive, well-written text. Williams and Johnston's stated purpose is to present a text in pediatric urology for urologists, pediatricians, radiologists, and other medical or paramedical personnel dealing with children. It is not a surgical urologic textbook. The text presents pediatric problems dealing with etiology, diagnosis, management, and treatment.

The book begins by discussing normal renal function and the problems arising from renal dysfunction. Methods of diagnosis and treatment of renal failure, dialysis, and transplantation are included. The discussions and information of these problems are clear and sound.

The medical treatment of hypertension is detailed and complete. The section on hypertension secondary to renal artery disease should include more discussion on types of surgery, indications, and results to make it more complete.

The multiple chapters, dealing with urinary tract infections and vesicoureteric reflux, occupy about 15% of the text, and rightfully so, as these problems are common