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September 2, 1974

Cornell Seminars in Nephrology

Author Affiliations

Brown University Providence, RI

JAMA. 1974;229(10):1355. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230480071043

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This book represents a collection of editorials or commentaries by a number of authorities in the field of nephrology, with subject matter ranging from chronic renal insufficiency, to vitamin D metabolism, to developmental renal physiology. As with all collections, there is considerable variability both in depth and quality from chapter to chapter. The presentations appear to represent the individual author's opinion and presumably because of the limitations of space, the material is rarely dealt with in depth. A notable exception is the chapter on vitamin D metabolism by Dr. DeLuca that is a detailed biochemical evaluation of the present knowledge of vitamin D metabolism.

In my opinion, this book would have limited value for the practicing or established nephrologist, except for the bibliographies which are quite extensive. On the other hand, for the practicing internist or the medical student, the presentations represent an accurate, reasonable summary of the present state