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May 12, 1978

Kidney Function and Disease in Pregnancy

JAMA. 1978;239(19):2041. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280460109042

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Although alterations in renal function and hypertension constitute major causes of morbidity and mortality in pregnant women, systematic investigation of these important problems during gestation has been meager. Moreover, the correlation of current concepts of renal physiology, renal histopathology, and metabolism with clinical disturbances encountered in pregnancy has not been readily available to physicians involved in treating gravid women. The publication of this monograph by Lindheimer and Katz provides, therefore, an important contribution.

The book is written in a concise and even style. The first half of the text reviews the changes in renal function and related endocrine function that occur in normal gestation and delineates the methods for estimating function in a clinical setting. Considerable attention is given to the special conditions introduced by pregnancy that influence interpretation of derived data.

The second half of the monograph analyzes the important renal disorders of pregnancy, including urinary tract infection, acute