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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard J. Glassock, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This three-volume comprehensive text on clinical nephrology is assembled by a distinguished group of editors from Europe and the United Kingdom. This second edition follows six years after a highly successful first edition.
Purpose: It is designed to provide comprehensive information in a readable fashion which will be of value in the day-to-day care of patients with nephrologic problems.
Audience: The book is aimed at practicing nephrologists.
Features: The format is similar to the first edition, with introductory chapters on assessment of patients with renal and related disorders. Each of the chapters has been written by internationally-recognized experts. Color tables and figures are used liberally throughout the volume. Each chapter has been carefully edited to reduce overlap, but comprehensive coverage has not been sacrificed.
Assessment: This second edition is an improvement over the earlier edition. Figures and tables in color are a welcome addition. References are extensive and reasonably current (mostly 1995 and earlier), as expected for a large multiauthored text. Its principal attractive feature is the focus on clinical nephrology as well as the effort to address clinically relevant issues; this enhances its value for practitioners. The editors and contributors have succeeded in their goal and have produced an outstanding text that is among the best published in the field. It is highly recommended for all nephrologists' libraries.