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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jon Webb, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of a review of renal topics, including acid-base and electrolyte disorders, vascular injury to the kidney, and specific diseases of the kidney.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a reference for managing patients with kidney disease. Each chapter is written by a leading expert who has been challenged to summarize the latest available information about the clinical management of kidney diseases.
Audience: This is an excellent tool for nephrologists, both clinical and research oriented. The colorful display and design will also attract medical students, internists, and pediatricians.
Features: The 22 chapters are grouped into seven sections that reflect the scope of nephrology. The first section provides a systems overview, beginning with renal development, function, and physiology, as well as how the kidney responds to injury. Each of the subsequent disease-oriented chapters integrates pathophysiology with clinical management. Each chapter has colorful tables and figures to enhance learning, and the clinical pearls, which are highlighted, are well written and concise. Some suggested enhancements include a list of key learning points or objectives in each chapter, specific questions, or, in this age of web-based resources, a link to an online version.
Assessment: This is a useful tool for reviewing the broad field of nephrology. It is well written, easy to read, and highlights the key points with attractive designs. Overall, it is a strong resource for medical students and residents on nephrology rotations or preparing for boards. The book is also helpful as a teaching resource for professionals in education.