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October 22, 1982

Renal Disease: Classification and Atlas of Glomerular Diseases

Author Affiliations

Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital Philadelphia


by Jacob Churg, in collaboration with L. H. Sobin, 359 pp, with illus, $55, New York, Igaku-Shoin Medical Publishers Inc, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(16):2053-2054. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160091036

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This is a textbook of graphic, artistic precision and meaty, informative content. It has two major strengths that distinguish it from the deluge of similar books presently available: first, it applies international standardized nomenclature in the form of a concise and well written text; second, it provides a splendid array of color photomicrographs.

The monograph is composed of two sections. The first portion, "Classification of Glomerular Diseases," lists and defines glomerular lesions in tabular form, followed by tables of the main clinical and morphological features of each disease. The second segment, "Definitions, Descriptions and Illustrations of Glomerular Diseases," consists of 21 chapters that describe and illustrate these alterations. Topics run the gamut from the normal glomerulus to the end-stage kidney and include some alterations that are important but often omitted, for example, glomerular lesions after transplantation. A brief appendix details pertinent histological techniques and orients one to the examination of