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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard J. Glassock, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This monograph is part of a continuing series devoted to in-depth coverage of current topics of interest in nephrology.
Purpose: The editors have attempted to comprehensively review the field of HIV infection as it relates to the kidney and urinary tract. Sixteen chapters, authored by recognized experts, cover the basic and clinical aspects of the topic.
Audience: The authors seek to provide a useful compendium of information that will aid researchers as well as clinicians. They have admirably succeeded in this goal.
Features: The monograph is truly comprehensive, with significant emphasis on clinical aspects. Basic mechanisms are covered, but the retrovirologist will find little new in this volume. On the other hand, clinicians caring for patients with HIV infection will encounter a rich, well-referenced storehouse of useful information. Several chapters compile information that has never been brought together before, at least in this format. The breadth of coverage is quite impressive, with chapters on pediatric disease, urologic involvement, and the impact of HIV infection and dialysis and transplantation.
Assessment: This is one of those books that will be used frequently by clinicians caring for patients with HIV infection.