Nephritis in children is a common condition, much more so than is generally believed. During the last two years and a half there have been in the wards of the Children's Hospital nearly a hundred cases of acute and of chronic nephritis, and the following clinical study is based on seventy-five of these cases. Renal function tests as applied to children were discussed in a previous article.1
From the viewpoint of the practical clinician there has never been a satisfactory classification of nephritis. In the earlier days of the study of nephritis the classification was entirely pathologic, and was based on the end results of the morbid process as seen under the microscope. This was satisfactory enough from a pathologic point of view, but not from a clinical, as it was often difficult or impossible to tell from the clinical condition of the patient
HILL LW. STUDIES IN THE NEPHRITIS OF CHILDREN: CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF CLASSIFICATION, ETIOLOGY, PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. Am J Dis Child. 1919;17(4):270–294. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1919.04110280051005
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