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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jon Webb, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This book covers the field of nephrology, providing a very easy to follow and quick resource for both students and teachers.
Purpose: The goal is to provide an educational resource for clinicians and students in nephrology. The book is filled with cases that reflect the most common clinical scenarios encountered as a nephrology consultant.
Audience: This is a helpful resource for medical students, medicine interns and residents, and nephrology fellows, as well as a reference for teachers of nephrology.
Features: There are nine main sections and 31 cases. The seven sections that include the cases are divided according to clinical presentation: acute renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, hypertension, urine abnormalities, acid-base disturbances, chronic kidney disease/dialysis-related problems, and renal transplant-related problems. Each case begins with a clinical scenario and continues with a series of questions regarding the diagnosis and management. A short, informative answer follows, accompanied by several colorful images, figures, and tables. Case summaries and key points conclude the chapters.
Assessment: This is a very attractive book with colorful images and descriptive analyses of each case. The questions posed during each case are typical of medical rounds on a nephrology team and, thus, would prove very useful for medical students or residents on a nephrology rotation. The design allows a quick glance at topics of interest and provides succinct and important points. While more advanced explanations and current ongoing research is not included, this book is targeted for those beginning in the field of nephrology and preparing for exams in nephrology, and intended to provide teaching tools. Given the importance of laboratory measurements in nephrology, the book is more useful for those practicing with SI units, as the investigations do not give conventional units. I would recommend this for academic nephrologists and nephrology fellows, but mainly for residents and students on nephrology rotations.