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From The CriticsReviewer: Stefan G Kiessling, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: Part of the Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Paediatrics series, this is an update of an information-rich, accessible pocket reference that covers all major clinical aspects of pediatric nephrology. The book is authored by four European experts in the field with an equally expert advisory group. Numerous figures and tables are well integrated into 23 structured chapters. As the only pocket reference in the field, the book was long needed before the first edition was published in 2007 and is even stronger in this current version. A must-have for anyone involved in the care of children.
Purpose: With this second edition, the handbook continues to function as a comprehensive quick reference, essentially covering all clinical aspects of normal and abnormal kidney function as well as diagnostic evaluation and treatment of clinical conditions in pediatric nephrology. Recruitment of Dr. Detlef Bockenhauer, an internationally known senior pediatric nephrologist as an editor makes the publication even stronger. Different from other publications in this particular field (and therefore filling a long existing gap), this book provides a predominantly clinical approach to each topic without getting lost in too much detail that interested readers can find in standard textbooks.
Audience: Given its concise but comprehensive structure - each chapter covers a broad topic in the field of pediatric nephrology — it is a great resource for clinicians at any level, ranging from students and trainees to senior pediatricians and specialists in the field.
Features: Each of the 23 chapters starts with a general outline and is divided into subsections as necessary. The typesetting, font, and overall outline of each chapter make it extremely easy for readers to access and review information. All essential and clinically relevant topics in the field of pediatric nephrology are covered, including a section on nephrological conditions of the newborn as well as renal replacement therapies and kidney transplantation. A minor disadvantage might be the limited number of references.
Assessment: This handbook successfully accomplishes its goals. It is a unique publication that truly does not have a comparable equivalent. Pediatric Nephrology for Primary Care, Barakat and Chesney (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009), is also in handbook format, but targets general pediatricians. This book certainly does not replace or try to replace major textbooks in the field (Pediatric Nephrology, 6th edition, Avner et al. (Springer, 2009); Comprehensive Pediatric Nephrology, Geary and Schaefer (Elsevier, 2008)), but it is an extremely useful resource in its new edition. It will be widely used by clinicians at all levels.