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From The CriticsReviewer: Kevin C Harned , MD (Nephrology Associates of Lexington)
Description: This is a convenient pocket reference for a wide spectrum of issues in nephrology for those new to the field. Each section is easy to read and provides a short summary including a description, clinical features, diagnostic strategies, and treatment options. A plethora of well-placed flow charts, figures, tables and pictures complements the text well.
Purpose: The primary focus of this book is on giving the practitioner a general guide for very common issues in nephrology. In a matter of literally only a few moments, the practitioner can look up a wide assortment of problems and almost immediately see what studies need to be completed next as well as generalized treatment options. This is not to be used as a comprehensive text, but more as a source of timely advice for dealing with the patient in the office or at the patient's bedside. It will also whet the appetite for more information that can be satiated with more specialized sources at a more convenient time.
Audience: This book is well suited for medical students on their ward rotations and interns in internal medicine and family practice, as well as general practitioners and nurse practitioners in the office.
Features: The strongest feature of this book is its ability to provide a great deal of immediate, useful information in a short amount of time. The paragraphs are succinct and typically followed by a visual (chart, table, photo) to clarify the message. At the completion of each section is a short "key points" table with the take-home message.
Assessment: This book efficiently delivers basic information in renal disorders. For students and those early in their training, it provides an excellent overview, though this needs to be followed up with research in more complete sources in order to fully learn about the issue at hand. It enables practitioners to start the work-up for a patient promptly while waiting for the definitive consultative service's input. I recommend this book to medical students, residents in internal medicine and family medicine, and general practitioners, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants.