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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: B. Peter E. Sawaya, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is an extensive and comprehensive overview of polycystic kidney disease, a relatively common renal illness.
Purpose: According to the authors, this book is a state-of-the-art review of the rapidly changing knowledge of polycystic kidney disease. These objectives are very much worthy given the recent advances seen in polycystic kidney disease, particularly at the genetic and molecular biology front. The authors have met their objectives.
Audience: This book is written primarily for nephrologists and urologists. It can also be very useful to scientists and geneticists who have interest in the genetic and pathogenesis of renal cystic disease. The editors have sought the expertise of a variety of well-known scientists and clinicians to include geneticists, molecular biologists, and physiologists.
Features: This book contains an adequate number of illustrations, radiographs, figures, and tables that are pertinent to its content. References are extensive and recent. The overall appearance of the book is excellent.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. It covers extensively and comprehensively polycystic kidney disease from the laboratory bench to the bedside. More than one fourth of the book was designated to address the complex aspects of cystic genesis and the genetics of polycystic kidney disease. The editors also did not neglect to include a chapter dealing with the sensitive and very complex issue of counseling and ethical considerations in this relatively common and serious genetic disorder. This book is highly recommended for nephrologists, urologists, geneticists, and scientists who have interests in polycystic kidney disease.