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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Jon Webb, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is an up-to-date book on the definition, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical causes of acute kidney injury.
Purpose: It is intended for clinicians who frequently encounter patients with acute kidney disease. With an emphasis on intensive care unit patients, the 104 contributors bring international expertise in diagnostic approaches to acute kidney disease as well as measures for clinical management. The later sections detail specific disorders related to acute kidney disease, and concluding chapters focus on aspects of delivering acute renal replacement therapy.
Audience: This is a helpful resource for physicians practicing in the intensive care unit setting. From internists to critical care specialists, this book provides a starting point for clinical management. The more specialized sections are oriented towards the care provided by nephrologists.
Features: The 63 chapters are grouped into eight main sections. The first five focus on the definition, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical causes of acute kidney injury. The sixth section discusses specific entities associated with acute kidney failure, and the seventh details delivery of acute renal replacement therapy. The final section explores nonrenal indications for extracorporeal therapies. Multiple colorful tables and figures enhance the text. Short reviews in the form of core messages and clinical pearls provide a rapid and informative summary of key learning points
Assessment: This book provides a concise starting point for managing patients with acute kidney failure and attempts to cover an enormous variety of information. In the process, certain chapters provide such a concise review that guidance on clinical management is limited. However, the editors describe the book as an initial reference likely leading to further reading. In this regard, the extensive lists of references following each chapter are an excellent resource. In our expanding body of literature, access to the Internet has provided an invaluable resource for the latest advances in healthcare. Thus, books can be quickly outdated, and many have begun to incorporate an online edition to maintain relevancy. This book does not include access to an online version, but it excels at detailing core learning points. Whether using it as a quick guide to clinical management or in preparation for an examination, this book is very helpful. I would recommend it in particular for those in training for critical care medicine or nephrology, and as a solid resource for those with frequent exposure to patients with acute kidney disease.