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November 10, 1989

Textbook of Nephrology

JAMA. 1989;262(18):2613. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430180159053

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The proliferation of renal textbooks over the last decade has created in book reviewers a feeling of déjà vu. The repetitive rosters of authors of particular topics and the similarity of encyclopedic approaches render choices and comparative assessment extremely difficult. A few excellent textbooks dominated the field in earlier decades, but many more are now available. Yet, despite the similarity of new textbooks covering the specialty, differences in editorial philosophy provide some important distinguishing aspects. While most renal textbooks rely on an encyclopedic approach for their relatively long chapters, the Textbook of Nephrology edited by Drs Massry and Glassock offers a distinctly different approach.

The table of contents reads like a student's wish list. It promises coverage of many areas in clinical nephrology in succinct individual essays. Herein lies the real strength of this textbook, and the success of this approach is a reflection of the thoughtful planning of experienced