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August 10, 1984

Textbook of Nephrology

Author Affiliations

West Suburban Hospital Medical Center, Oak Park, III Rush Medical College, Chicago

JAMA. 1984;252(6):829. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350060067035

We've got Earley and Gottshalk's Strauss and Welt, we've got Brenner and Rector, and, for pediatricians, we've got Edelmann. Each is a massive, two-volume tome. Is this yet another? It is indeed: one more heavy-weight nephrologic text; this one with large and glossy pages.

The two distinguished authors and 40 or so of the 197 other contributors are from USC or UCLA, but there is nothing in the least parochial about this fairly encyclopedic book, with contributions from most of the large centers in North America, as well as sections by authors from Australia, West Germany, and Switzerland.

Each contributor has clearly been instructed to be concise; the book is well edited and readable and, therefore, practically useful. The illustrations are good, it is packed with well-presented tables, and each section ends with half a dozen key references, which are just the sort of thing a nephrology fellow needs. His