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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark Haas, MD, PhD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive atlas of glomerular pathology, including light microscopic, immunofluorescence, and ultrastructural findings in a wide variety of common and rare diseases. Both primary renal diseases and systemic diseases involving the kidney are covered. This second edition contains more than 500 excellent quality illustrations (about 100 more than the first edition, published in 1982).
Purpose: The atlas is intended as a reference for both general pathologists and specialists in renal diseases. It aims to provide a classification of renal diseases based on morphology and, to a lesser extent, etiology, and both textual and illustrative descriptions of the morphologic features of both common and rare glomerular lesions. In general, these objects are met.
Audience: The book would appear to be most valuable for general pathologists and pathologists (or nephrologists) in training with limited experience with renal biopsies. Both the illustrations as well as tables provided for rapid review of different renal diseases make this book an excellent teaching and learning tool. Most experts in the area of renal pathology will appreciate the excellent illustrations of glomerular lesions that are seen only rarely even in busy renal pathology practices.
Features: The major attraction of this atlas is the number and superb quality of the illustrations. There is also a useful set of tables at the start of the book defining the terms used and listing the main clinical and pathologic features of each disease covered. The book is organized into 20 sections, based on the authors' morphologic/etiologic classification of glomerular lesions. Each section begins with several pages of text describing the morphologic and (to a lesser extent) clinical features of the lesions illustrated on the ensuing pages. At the end of the book is a section on the processing of renal biopsies that would be of value to pathologists and laboratories who receive such specimens only infrequently. The reference list is quite limited, but relatively current.
Assessment: This atlas is an excellent reference for general pathologists who encounter renal biopsies only infrequently and an excellent learning tool for pathologists and nephrologists-in-training. Text portions of the book are somewhat more detailed than in the first edition, and illustrations have been updated to include more recently described lesions.