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March 9, 1957

Etiologic Factors in Renal Lithiasis

JAMA. 1957;163(10):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450105037

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This book is an excellent résumé of suspected etiological factors in the development of renal stones. The organization of the book, from its opening chapter on historical survey through the various metabolic, infectious, geographical, and chemical theories that have been propounded, is good. Much of the information, and particularly that on chemistry, is theoretical, but the work as a whole is a satisfactory summary of our current knowledge of certain facts, with a comprehensive evaluation as to possibilities of further study. The relationships of infection, obstruction, and stasis are well explained and summarized. Attention is called once again to some of the factors that are so significant in the development of recurrent calculi. The value of the work to the general practitioner will be limited; to the general urologist, less limited; and, to the researcher in the field of urinary stones, it should be of considerable value.

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