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March 26, 1982

Chronic Renal Failure

JAMA. 1982;247(12):1759-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320370063038

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The bibliophile interested in publications concerned with the kidney and related matters has recently been offered an astonishing assortment of multiauthored books for his collection. Indeed, since the growth of editorship and authorship has seemed to exceed the rate at which new information has been added to this field, it may be fair to ask whether any new book can make a significant contribution to the archives of nephrology.

Nevertheless, the series of texts entitled Contemporary Issues in Nephrology, edited by Brenner and Stein, have provided a useful and readable review of clinical topics. Each text, of monograph size, generally has centered on a single topic that is discussed in a comprehensive manner by experts in the area of interest.

Chronic Renal Failure, the seventh volume in the series, is an eclectic group of essays on subjects related to renal failure. The contents include a review of the adaptation in