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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jon Webb, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the renal system.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a reference for teaching an overview of the renal system. More specifically, this book is designed as a course resource for schools that use an organ-based approach to teaching.
Audience: This is an excellent tool for medical students transitioning to their clinical years, medical residents, or nephrology fellows. The colorful display and succinct reviews will also attract busy practitioners, including nephrologists.
Features: The 21 chapters begin with a basic overview of core sciences detailing renal anatomy and renal physiology. Subsequent sections focus on clinical scenarios, with an emphasis on electrolytes, acid-base, intrinsic kidney disease, acute disease, chronic disease, and hypertension. Each chapter is designed for easy reading and has colorful figures and images to support the content. Learning objectives detail the purpose of each chapter and clinical implications provide relevant information for practicing physicians. Key points summarize the chapter and questions that end each chapter include excellent detailed answers.
Assessment: This is a very useful resource for students of nephrology. The book covers the entire scope of the renal system from anatomy and physiology to important clinical diseases. Given the task, expansive details are limited, but given the purpose, the most useful and helpful mechanisms of disease are included. The book's design enables a quick glance for topics of interest and highlights succinct and important points. I would recommend this for academic nephrologists and nephrology fellows, but mainly for residents and students on nephrology rotations.