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October 1962

Renal Function

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(4):547-548. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620220139027

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It is difficult for a reviewer to take an objective, unemotional approach to the book Renal Function by O'Connor, for this monograph represents a dogmatic and unclear discussion of various aspects of renal physiology.

In the second paragraph of the author's preface he states: "It seems that the first purpose of a monograph in this series is to provide teachers and advanced students with an account of a specialized topic fuller than can be obtained in text books and more concise than reviews." O'Connor does not fulfill these purposes. The last paragraph of the preface states: "Prefaces are written just after the author has completed his task, when he may be expected to have strong views on the literature of his subject. I have been staggered by the number of papers, appalled by the poor quality of many of them, confused by contradictions of fact and bewildered by arguments which

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