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October 10, 1931


Author Affiliations


From the Children's Hospital Pediatric Research Foundation, and the B. K. Rachford Department of Pediatrics of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1931;97(15):1045-1048. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730150001001

In spite of the great amount of work expended on clinical analyses, studies of pathologic changes, experimental investigations and discussions of nephritis, there remains much that is obscure in the etiology, many symptoms are unexplained and, unfortunately, much too little is known of prevention and treatment. The clinician daily faces problems which make him acutely aware of the present insufficiency of knowledge. That an organization such as the Section on Diseases of Children of the American Medical Association fosters a symposium on the subject is evidence that physicians are actively searching for the solution of their practical difficulties. This can come about only through further study.

TERMINOLOGY  Discussion of the terminology of nephritis has occasioned much use of printers' ink. The close student of any problem often manifests a tendency to multiply terms and an inclination to invent or modify classifications. Most clinicians, on the other hand, demand as simple