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The ABC of Kidney Disease is a brand new title in the successful ABC series which explains this complicated area thoroughly and clearly, in a practical and user-friendly manner. Providing information on a wide variety of renal diseases, this book ensures non-renal healthcare workers are able to screen, identify, treat and refer renal patients appropriately.

Covering signs, symptoms, treatments and causes of renal disease, this title includes the common issues presenting to GPs, what tests to use, how to interpret results and when to refer a patient to a kidney specialist. The ABC of Kidney Disease is an ideal practical reference for GPs, GP registrars and junior doctors.

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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: Jon Webb, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: "This book provides a general overview of acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, and dialysis patients. "
Purpose: It is an informative but brief look at kidney disease, covering etiologies of acute kidney injury, management strategies in chronic kidney disease, and preparation for dialysis. The focus of the book encourages a basic understanding of the broad clinical spectrum encompassed within nephrology.
Audience: While it serves as a reference for medical students, it is also intended as a useful tool for medical residents, nephrology fellows, and general internists. The book is likely most suitable for postgraduate students learning about nephrology, and could be a quick resource for residents on nephrology rotations or an additional tool for nephrology trainees.
Features: Each chapter begins with a general overview followed by a discussion of pertinent topics. The figures and tables are well designed and very helpful, and chapters end with a list of references for further reading. Students will find the four appendixes very useful resources for common themes in nephrology. The dynamic images accompanying each topic in the chapters are among the book's best features. Because of them, this book could be a useful tool when educating patients about disease manifestations and therapeutic options. It is not designed to be a thorough resource and, given the amount of topics it attempts to cover, the book could be missing some helpful information. It probably would be better to have two books, one that covers acute kidney disease and glomerulonephritis and one on chronic kidney disease and dialysis.
Assessment: 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.
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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



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).


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