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January 20, 1984

Surgical Anatomy of the Kidney

Author Affiliations

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

JAMA. 1984;251(3):406. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340270080042

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In this text, the authors have presented various dimensions of renal anatomy and diagnostic techniques that need to be understood in order to appropriately carry out renal surgery. This book is particulary pertinent in light of the onset of endourologic manipulation, demanding a comprehensive knowledge of calyceal and vascular anatomy, which often exceeds that necessary in open surgery. This book would have been an ideal medium in which to introduce percutaneous techniques as they directly apply to endourologic manipulation. Although these techniques are not directly stated, by studying the chapters on intrarenal anatomy and surgery, the reader should gain sufficient knowledge applicable to this new technique.

The first chapter on gross anatomy is somewhat difficult to follow because the cross-sectional photographs and figures are at the end of the chapter. The reader must turn from text to picture in order to understand more thoroughly what is being said. This sometimes