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May 1969

Nephrology (2 volumes).

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USA San Antonio, Tex

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(5):601-602. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300150119023

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Nephrology, in pace with the population, has undergone a marked proliferation during this decade. Likewise, there has been a population explosion of books about nephrology. Nephrology written by an eminent French group headed by Professor Jean Hamburger is the latest entry. It is a lavish two-volume work that has been ably translated into English by the Irish urologist, Anthony Walsh. Unlike the spate of multi-author textbooks now in vogue, this work was written almost entirely by members of one unit involved in the study of renal diseases. Since it is customary to bemoan the lack of unity that such a volume is supposed to have, a reviewer might regard "Hamburger" as the ideal solution to the problem. However, consistency of style is a virtue only when the style is good. And, while there are many virtues to this book, its style is sometimes monotonous. In fairness, a work such as

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