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This presents a critical digest of the entire literature on normal kidney function. The author states that he did not feel able "to adventure on the difficult subject of renal pathology." Hence at the end of the volume only three short chapters are devoted to glycosuria, albuminuria and nephritis. This is to be regretted, since the author's able exposition of normal kidney function would have served as a valuable norm for the interpretation of renal diseases. In the preface, Cushny registers a severe indictment of present day investigators of kidney function. "The growth in the literature on the kidney has been most extraordinary, and this increase in bulk has not gone along with an improvement in quality, but rather the reverse. No other organ of the body has suffered so much from poor work as the kidney, and in no other region of physiology does so much base coin pass
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