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May 1, 1926

Kidney Disease. From the Physician's Viewpoint.

JAMA. 1926;86(18):1387. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670440061036

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In his introduction, the author gives a clear and concise survey of the problems encountered in discussing medical renal diseases. In the chapters on classification, he records historical material that may be of great value to the medical philosopher and historian but hardly is apt to arouse the interest or answer the demands of the practicing physician. In the chapter on renal functions, one finds an excellent presentation of the fundamental facts to be considered in qualifying the task of the kidneys, but the author fails to present a workable theory of renal function, though a great many leading clinicians have offered such news, based on clinical evidence in preference to the results of animal experiments. One also misses the desirable emphasis to be laid on one of the most essential features of the renal activity—the elasticity of function to adjust itself to the variations in the offerings of the

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