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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jon Webb, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is the third edition of a reference on a wide spectrum of clinically important kidney diseases.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a resource for clinicians dealing with patients with a variety of kidney diseases. As a companion to the comprehensive Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, this resource attempts to maintain a current review of many clinical areas in nephrology. Each chapter is written by a leading expert, challenged to summarize the latest available information on the clinical management of kidney diseases.
Audience: This book is a helpful resource for physicians practicing in a variety of settings. The initial sections are ideal for primary care physicians with an increasing CKD population, while the remaining sections are more specific for nephrologists, with an emphasis on dialysis modalities, transplantation, and management of acute kidney injury.
Features: This reference attempts to cover an enormous amount of information to accomplish the large task of summarizing the most recent information in the management of chronic and acute kidney disease. The initial two sections focus on the definition, pathophysiology, clinical causes, and progressive management of chronic kidney disease. The next two sections review the latest in dialysis modalities, while the fifth section focuses on transplantation Each chapter is organized differently, with some chapters providing conclusions, future directions, or even case examples. These differences make certain summaries more attractive and others less so. I do think this is a very important book, particularly the first two sections in recognizing and managing progressive chronic kidney disease. This growing population of patients will need appropriate management by primary care physicians and educational resources such as this provide a good option. The subsequent sections are better suited for nephrologists, but provide easy to read information on the latest trends in management of advanced CKD, followed by a review of acute kidney injury diagnosis and management.
Assessment: As the rapid growth of new knowledge in kidney disease continues, this resource will need frequent interval editions, but I would recommend it in particular for those in training for nephrology.