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June 25, 1938

Néphropathies et néphrites. Leçons cliniques (1934-1936)

JAMA. 1938;110(26):2177-2178. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790260051038

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This volume is a second series of clinical lectures embracing material similar to that in the former volume by the same author. The cases presented are all interesting and for the most part unusual or frankly rare. The prolixity and repetition inherent in the presentation of clinical lectures perhaps unnecessarily lengthens some of the chapters. Nevertheless the accounts of the cases are enlivened by the engaging language of Professor Rathery. The lectures open with a discussion of classification of nephritis and the author offers what he is pleased to term a "functional" classification, wherein kidney lesions are divided into nephropathies and nephritides, the former group showing evidence clinically or pathologically of renal alteration without accompanying functional impairment while the latter group embraces renal lesions which show functional changes with or without superimposed evidences of the play of bodily compensatory mechanisms. The classification is novel but, like all others, is too

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