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July 14, 1956

Clinical Management of Renal Failure

JAMA. 1956;161(11):1114. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970110080027

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This short monograph is divided into two sections, one dealing with the causes, physiology, and treatment of acute renal failure, the other and shorter one dealing with chronic renal failure. In the discussion on the cause of both types, emphasis is placed on the prevention and the distinguishing of causes, such as obstruction, that are amenable to a direct approach. Therapy is discussed as physiological or conservative, and the various artificial means of treatment are covered. Physiology is presented in [ill]airly airly simple practical terms, and there is no attempt to satisfy the biochemist or the basic physiologist. The authors have drawn on their own experience and the important recent literature, which has been well, though not exhaustively, covered. They are conservative in their approach, and the warning against drastic measures to correct abnormal laboratory results without consideration of the clinical findings is particularly commendable. This book should serve well

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