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January 15, 1968

Nierenkrankheiten: Physiologie, Pathophysiologie, Untersuchungsmethoden Klinik und Therapie

JAMA. 1968;203(3):237. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140030069034

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This third edition, adding much new material, has several collaborators, which explains a certain uneven quality. Following a detailed table of the most important normal values—very helpful for anyone working in nephrology—the book discusses the physiology of the kidney with an excellent concise and clear description of modern ideas on renal physiology. It is probably the most valuable part of the book. Chapters on examinations of the urine and blood and the roentgenologic diagnosis of kidney diseases, on clinic and pathogenesis of the main renal diseases, on electrolyte disturbances and urolithiasis as well as on general kidney and therapeutic techniques follow the physiologic introduction.

The clinical part deviates in several respects from the opinions widely accepted in this country. In general, the book does not adequately relate clinical findings and results of kidney biopsies, which the author considers somewhat dangerous and performs only in a few selected cases. Electrophoresis of