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December 23, 1974

Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress on Nephrology, vol 1: Morphology and Pathology, vol 2: Physiology, vol 3: Clinic

Author Affiliations

Mt Sinai Hospital Cleveland

JAMA. 1974;230(12):1704. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240120072035

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Proceedings of international congresses can only be announced rather than reviewed. Nephrologists hold theirs every three years, and these volumes are from the proceedings in Mexico City in 1972. The proceedings furnish the reader with a series of brief and interesting papers arranged in three volumes. Taken together, the volumes provide a convenient and rapid overview of current nephrological interests. The first (Morphology and Pathology) deals mainly with glomerular diseases and it is clear that the 20th century French have inherited the 19th century German passion for nosology as a thing of beauty. Volume two (Physiology) reviews sodium transport, including the related problems of energy needs. Volume three (Clinic) deals with various aspects of proteinuria, uremia, hypertension, and therapeutics. The Australians have an unquenchable enthusiasm for heparin, but there is some difficulty in transporting their good results safely across the ocean.

Finally, I am once again puzzled by the absence