Description: The authors nicely compact the broad discipline of nephrology into a pocket-sized, lightning-quick reference to review topics during a busy practice. This is meant as an overview, and further details must later be obtained elsewhere, but this book is perfect for that quick recall.
Purpose: The purpose is to be a quick reference. The pages are laid out in bulleted short paragraphs to provide the greatest amount of information in a short period of time. The authors meet their objective superbly.
Audience: This is an excellent resource for medical students or residents on renal wards to carry in their pocket, though this just as easily can find a place on general practitioners' bookshelves. Although not heavily referenced, these topics are explained by nephrologists and are the standard of practice in our field.
Features: The book provides general overviews of acute and chronic kidney disease, renal imaging, modalities of renal replacement therapies, and hypertension. The quick-reading format makes the book handy when information is needed promptly, though it should be noted that the font is extremely small and can be hard to read without adequate lighting.
Assessment: Overall, this is a nice reference for those in training to carry with them and it should find itself on practitioners' shelves. The information is presented clearly and succinctly. Although easier to read through than Daugirdas et al.'s Handbook of Dialysis, 13th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), those who have difficulty seeing fine print may find themselves developing headaches if they try reading this book for too long.