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August 12, 1968

Renal Disease

JAMA. 1968;205(7):538-539. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140330080030

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The second edition of this book has been extensively rewritten. Much new material has been added; over half the chapters either represent new topics or have been rewritten by different authors. It remains, in the words of the editor, a "series of substantial essays on important topics" in renal disease rather than a comprehensive treatment of diseases of the kidney. However, in its attempt to present lucid and detailed accounts of important and clinically useful aspects of renal disease, the book is eminently successful. Several contributions merit special comment.

The chapter on hydrogen ion and the kidney presents a lucid account of the role of the kidney in the overall hydrogen ion turnover of the body, including the endogenous sources of acid appearing in the urine and the mechanism of the hydrogen ion transport by the kidney. The section on alteration in hydrogen ion transport in various types of renal