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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard J. Glassock, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is a compact, softcover book designed to acquaint patients and their families with basic concepts, causes, diagnosis and management of kidney failure. It supplements information provided by a previously published book, Kidney Disease: The Facts, written by same author. At 203 pages its is concise yet quite comprehensive.
Purpose: Patients with renal failure and their families are the principal intended audiences, but the book could also be read profitably by midlevel practitioners newly entering the field of kidney failure and its treatment.
Audience: The book covers kidney failure from basic pathophysiology to kidney transplantation. Figures and diagrams are limited in number but well chosen.
Features: The book will be helpful and easily read by patients or families with a high school or college level education. The small type may make it more difficult to use by older patients with impaired vision. An audiotape companion would be very worthwhile.
Assessment: The depth of coverage is excellent, and the author writes with skill and from a perspective of great experience. An enlarged section on exercise, diet, and rehabilitation would be appreciated in a second edition. This unique book is very strongly recommended as a valuable source of easily digested information for patients newly diagnosed as having kidney failure.