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January 22, 1997

Brenner and Rector's The Kidney

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Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1997;277(4):346. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540280084040

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Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, edited by Barry Brenner, remains a classic reference in the field of renal diseases. For 20 years, each new edition of this comprehensive text has described all aspects of nephrology from basic science to clinical diagnosis and therapy.

The fifth edition has surpassed the others in size and content. Overall, the new two-volume set has more than 2700 pages, 35 000 references (many recent), and more than 12 000 illustrations and tables. Now, there are more than 120 internationally distingushed contributors. The editor has added new chapters, many involving basic research, and has updated and expanded others. All the while, the authors have maintained the clear and well-organized style and format of previous editions.

The first volume consists of two sections. Section one covers normal renal anatomy and physiology. There are new chapters on embryology, cellular biology, and biochemistry. Other chapters review current knowledge on

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