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Overview

The ABC of Kidney Disease, Second Edition is a practical guide to the most common renal diseases to help healthcare professionals screen, identify, treat and refer renal patients appropriately and to provide the best possible care.

Covering the common renal presentations in primary care this highly illustrated guide provides guidance on symptoms, signs and treatments, which tests to use, measures to prevent progression, and when and how to refer. Fully revised in accordance with current guidelines, it also includes organizational aspects of renal disease management, dialysis and transplantation. The appendices contain an explanatory glossary of renal terms, guidance on anaemia management and information on drug prescribing and interactions.

The ABC of Kidney Disease, Second Edition is an ideal practical reference for GPs, GP registrars, junior doctors, medical students and for anyone working with patients with renal related conditions.

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Reviewer: Mony Fraer, MD, FACP, FASN (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: With this new addition to the ABC series (40 titles already), the authors are attempting to add to the already crowded field of nephrology books aimed at nonspecialists.
Purpose: It is intended as a quick and dependable reference for general practitioners, multidisciplinary healthcare workers, junior doctors, and students. The book is written at the level of some of these groups but is probably not detailed enough for practicing physicians. Besides a nephrology professor and consultants the contributors include a pharmacist, a pediatric nephrologist, a research and a transplant fellow, a general practitioner and a predialysis nurse, some of them working at renowned institutions in the United Kingdom.
Audience: General practitioners, multidisciplinary healthcare workers, junior doctors, and students are the intended audience.
Features: The strong point of the book is the number and quality of the illustrations (both graphical and educational) and clarity of the text. There are a limited number of references, all recent, and the index is good. Particularly good chapters are the ones that address cardiovascular complications of kidney disease (cause of most morbidity and mortality in this population), pediatric nephrology, and organizing services for people with chronic kidney disease, a very important topic in the current healthcare environment. Appendix 2 on drug prescribing in chronic kidney disease would have been more useful if it had been expanded.
Assessment: Since the authors intend this book to be consulted on a daily basis, a handbook format would have been more appropriate. Even taking into account the fact that the book is titled ABC, topics are probably covered too summarily and a good number of topics are not addressed. For example, tubulointerstitial diseases, glomerulonephritides, diabetes and other systemic diseases, the effects of toxins, obstructive diseases, and tumors are not included. Some of the comparable books would be: Oxford Handbook of Nephrology and Hypertension, Steddon et al. (Oxford University Press, 2006), The Washington Manual Nephrology Subspecialty Consult, Agha et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004), Manual of Nephrology, 6th edition, Schrier (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005), and Nephrology in 30 Days, Reilly et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2005). The first two are part of a series (like this book), and the first three are coat pocket books (unlike the ABC). In a side by side comparison, I would consider them probably better options than ABC of Kidney Disease.
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Reviewer: Mony Fraer, MD, FACP, FASN(University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: With this new addition to the ABC series (40 titles already), the authors are attempting to add to the already crowded field of nephrology books aimed at nonspecialists.
Purpose: It is intended as a quick and dependable reference for general practitioners, multidisciplinary healthcare workers, junior doctors, and students. The book is written at the level of some of these groups but is probably not detailed enough for practicing physicians. Besides a nephrology professor and consultants the contributors include a pharmacist, a pediatric nephrologist, a research and a transplant fellow, a general practitioner and a predialysis nurse, some of them working at renowned institutions in the United Kingdom.
Audience: General practitioners, multidisciplinary healthcare workers, junior doctors, and students are the intended audience.
Features: The strong point of the book is the number and quality of the illustrations (both graphical and educational) and clarity of the text. There are a limited number of references, all recent, and the index is good. Particularly good chapters are the ones that address cardiovascular complications of kidney disease (cause of most morbidity and mortality in this population), pediatric nephrology, and organizing services for people with chronic kidney disease, a very important topic in the current healthcare environment. Appendix 2 on drug prescribing in chronic kidney disease would have been more useful if it had been expanded.
Assessment: Since the authors intend this book to be consulted on a daily basis, a handbook format would have been more appropriate. Even taking into account the fact that the book is titled ABC, topics are probably covered too summarily and a good number of topics are not addressed. For example, tubulointerstitial diseases, glomerulonephritides, diabetes and other systemic diseases, the effects of toxins, obstructive diseases, and tumors are not included. Some of the comparable books would be: Oxford Handbook of Nephrology and Hypertension, Steddon et al. (Oxford University Press, 2006), The Washington Manual Nephrology Subspecialty Consult, Agha et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004), Manual of Nephrology, 6th edition, Schrier (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005), and Nephrology in 30 Days, Reilly et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2005). The first two are part of a series (like this book), and the first three are coat pocket books (unlike the ABC). In a side by side comparison, I would consider them probably better options than ABC of Kidney Disease.
From the Publisher
“Overall, this is a nice summary of a broad range of topics for students of the specialty. The second edition provides an update on management of common complications in chronic kidney disease and updates the useful appendixes. The format makes for a book that is easy to follow and informative, and the very impressive figures will allow me to use it in my daily nephrology practice.” (Doody’s, 6 September 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405136754
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: ABC Series , #61
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

David Goldsmith, Consultant Nephrologist, Renal Unit, Guy’s Hospital, London and Hon Snr lecturer,GKT, King’s College, London. He is also involved in developing a renal specialist library as part of the NHS Information Executive National Elect Library Project.

Satishkumar Abeythunge Jayawardene, NKRF Res Fellow and Hon registrar in Nephrology, King's College Hospital, London.Penny Ackland, GP with interest in nephrology, Melbourne Grove Medical Practice, London, UK.

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Table of Contents

Contributors.

Preface.

1. Diagnostic Tests in Chronic Kidney Disease: Behdad Afzali (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust) and Satish Jayawardene (Kings College Hospital) and David Goldsmith (Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals).

2. Screening and Early Intervention in Chronic Kidney Disease: Richard Burden and Charlie Tomson (Southmead Hospital).

3. Chronic Kidney Disease – Prevention of Progression and of Cardiovascular Complications: Mohsen El Kossi (Sheffield Kidney Institute) and Aminu Kasarawa Bello (Sheffield Kidney Institute) and Rizwan Hamer and A Meguid El Nahas (University of Sheffield).

4. Adult Nephrotic Syndrome: Richard Hull and Sean Gallagher and David Goldsmith (Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals).

5. Renal Artery Stenosis: Philip Kalra (Hope Hospital) and Satish Jayawardene (Kings College Hospital) and David Goldsmith (Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals).

6. Urinary Tract Infections, Renal Stones, Renal Cysts and Tumours and Pregnancy in Chronic Kidney Disease: David Goldsmith (Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals).

7. Acute Kidney Injury: Rachel Hilton (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust).

8. Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis and Transplantation in Children: Judy Taylor (Evalina Children's Hospital) and Christopher Reid (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust).

9. Conservative (‘Non Dialytic’) Treatment for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Frances Coldstream (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust) and Neil S Sheerin (King's College).

10. Dialysis: Christopher W McIntyre (University of Nottingham Medical School at Derby) and James O Burton (University of Nottingham Medical School at Derby).

11. Renal Transplantation: Ming He (Guy's Hospital) and John Taylor (Guy's Hospital).

12. The Organization of Services for People with Chronic Kidney Disease – a 21st Century Challenge: Donal O’Donoghue (Hope Hospital) and John Feehally (University Hospitals of Leicester).

Appendix 1 Glossary of Renal Terms and Conditions: David Goldsmith (Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals).

Appendix 2 Anaemia Management in Chronic Kidney Disease: Penny Ackland (Melbourne Grove Medical Practice).

Appendix 3 Chronic Kidney Disease and Drug Prescribing: Douglas Maclean and Satish Jaywardene (Kings College Hospital).

Index

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