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October 31, 1977

Pathological Basis of Renal Disease

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland

JAMA. 1977;238(18):1960. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280190062041

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Dunnill's Pathological Basis of Renal Disease is more limited in scope than the title might suggest. Rather than a comprehensive inquiry into mechanisms of renal disease, it is a practical and cogent initiation into the complex realm of the modern clinical renal diagnostic unit. The author, a pathologist, coordinates clinical and morphological information with the experimental and empirical literature that forms the foundation of the modern approach to interpretation of renal biopsies. The reader is given more than just the requisite facts and figures. Dunnill also offers a cautiously reasoned and meticulously documented perspective. The text gives clear answers for clear-cut cases, and also gives the basis for making a rational judgment about cases that are less straightforward. The reader guided by this text will not find himself committed to a dogma of restricted vogue, but will find himself flexible, openminded, but critical in outlook, and prepared to assimilate new