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September 1938

Practical Talks on Kidney Disease.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(3):544-545. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180140191017

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This is an unpretentious, friendly little book that is well worth knowing. The author says that he had an attack of glomerular nephritis during his internship and ever since has been especially interested in renal disease. Evidently, too, he has also been interested in physicians. He has put together this volume "to assist the physician who practices general medicine to understand what is generally regarded as a difficult and confused subject." The plan of the book is sensible. Renal physiology and tests of renal function are first discussed, next the signs and symptoms of renal disease are considered and finally the various major forms of Bright's disease are elaborated on under the chapter headings glomerulonephritis, nephrosis, pregnancy and kidney disease and nephrosclerosis.

The author knows of what he writes and is familiar with the literature. His style is clear; he drives home simple truths, for instance, that nowadays the general

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