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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Paolo Fanti, M.D.(University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
Description: This new edition of a nephrology textbook updates and expands upon the 1995 edition.
Purpose: The editors clearly meet their ambitious objectives to cover the full breadth and depth of the field of nephrology, while providing a text that is practical, readable, and useful.
Audience: This is an extremely valuable educational tool as cover-to-cover reading material for trainees in internal medicine and nephrology, and as reference for clinicians, academicians, and educators. Edited by two leaders in the international arena of nephrology, the book enlists an impressive roster of authors, all experts in the topics they cover.
Features: The book is comprehensive, covering normal anatomy, physiology and metabolism of the kidney, clinical physiology and pathology, specific disease entities, hypertension, renal failure, and all forms of replacement therapy, including transplantation. In a book without weaknesses, areas that stand out are those dedicated to glomerular disease and to uremia. The literary style is beautiful and the organization and clear presentation are impressive, reflecting the gift that both editors have as teachers and academicians. Departing from the organizational style of most other textbooks of nephrology, the editors elect to avoid citation of specific references throughout the text. Instead, each chapter closes with a list of several key references, each supplemented by a brief description of its importance. This approach seems to allow more flexibility to the authors, while making the reading very enjoyable.
Assessment: The editors have worked hard at updating this fourth edition in order to reflect the most current knowledge in the field. They present us with an extremely valuable textbook and an important educational tool. This book is highly recommended to all physicians who have an interest in any nephrology-related area of medical knowledge.