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May 10, 1976

The Kidney in Systemic Disease

Author Affiliations

St Joseph Hospital Orange, Calif

JAMA. 1976;235(19):2140. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260450052036

Two outstanding nephrologists, both devoted to teaching, have produced a book that would best be forgotten, quickly. Why should this be? Part of the answer lies in the separateness of editorial skills from teaching, patient care, and research skills. It is the editors who must plan and oversee the execution of the plan, but there is no sign of that in the present case. Let us listen to an imaginary dialogue between the editors (E) and critic (C).

E: We state in our preface that much important information is "buried" in standard texts and that our book will make it available.

C: That puzzles me. It seems just as easy to open the pages of Strauss and Welt as it is to open your book. Why is one buried and not the other?

E: Never mind. How about our wish to avoid the "rigid didactic" style of standard texts?