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August 27, 1982

The Treatment of Renal Failure

Author Affiliations

University of California Irvine


edited by J. E. Castro, 392 pp, with illus, $32.50, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(8):995. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080069045

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This slender volume lacks any statement from the editor telling us for whom the book is intended. The contents make it clear that it is suitable exclusively for nephrologists operating dialysis and transplant centers. Six of the eight chapters deal with the mechanics of treating renal failure, ie, vascular access, peritoneal dialysis, hospital and home hemodialysis, and renal transplantation. The remaining two chapters are reasonably complete and up-to-date discussions of acute and chronic renal failure. A moment of high humor is provided by the cover, which states that the book is essential reading for all physicians, surgeons, nursing staff, and administrators involved in any aspect of treating renal failure. Absurdities aside, Dr Castro has produced a competent volume that will be of interest to a relatively small group of physicians.