The Renal System at a Glance / Edition 3

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Following the familiar, easy-to-use at a Glance format, and now in full-colour, The Renal System at a Glance is an accessible introduction and revision text for medical students. Fully revised and updated to reflect changes to the content and assessment methods used by medical schools, this at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of the renal system to encapsulate all that the student needs to know.

This new edition of The Renal System at a Glance:

  • Now features new self-assessment case studies with short answer questions to increase clinical relevance and reinforce learning
  • Includes a new chapter ‘Chronic kidney disease and kidney disease in the elderly’
  • Now includes the latest guidelines and classifications for chronic kidney disease and hypertension
  • Contains full-colour artwork throughout, making the subject even easier to understand
  • The companion site at contains multiple choice questions (MCQs) and full feedback on your answers

It’s an invaluable resource for all medical students, junior doctors, and for those training in allied health professions, including specialist nurses working on renal or intensive care wards.

Review of the previous edition

"Students in their pre-clinical years will find this book an excellent and thorough introduction to the renal system and may well struggle without a book of this calibre... This is a book that should be on the bookshelf of all medical students, there's no excuse not to have a copy! In addition, undergraduates from life science/health allied disciplines and clinicians are likely to find this book useful as a source of reference."
GKT Gazette, September 2006

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In short very user friendly with an excellent and copious number of informative, clear illustrations...the level is pitched at the no nonsense crammer or for those who want the jist 20 mins before clinic/ward round. All the same - great book for an important subject." Black Bag, Bristol University Medical School Gazette

"Renal medicine scares many students, and we are often told it's a postgraduate topic so don't go into too much detail. Well this book is at the right level for undergrads, even for year 1. It is easy to read with an intro to kidney structure and function, including a nice section on clinical features of kidney disease. All your acid-base, hyper and hypoxxxaemias and other disorders are briefly covered as are renal processes too. Self-assessment test cases round off a good overivew of a topic, perfect for the slightly psychotic build up to finals." Surgo, Glasgow University Medical Journal, 78:4

"Students in their pre-clinical years will find this book an excellent and thorough introduction to the renal system and may well struggle without a book of this calibre...This is a book that should be on the bookshelf of all medical students, there's no excuse not to have a copy! In addition, undergraduates from life science/health allied disciplines and clinicians are likely to find this book useful as a source of reference." GKT Gazette, September 2006

"It achieves this by combining all the elements of pre-clinical in a coherent and logical manner. The Introductory Section covers basic anatomy and embryology with a functional and clinical overview of the system. These opening pages help recollection of little long-forgotten facts. Subsequent chapters concerning the physiology and pharmacology of the system, is where the style of the book comes into its own. The diagrams give exemplary explanations of the sites of all the processes that left many a first year overwhelmed. The book then addresses many common (and commonly examined!) conditions, putting particular emphasis on the disease process. Knowing the underlying pathophysiology, it is argued, is the most useful aspect because essentially it doesn’t change, whereas investigation and treatment are constantly refined or replaced. What’s more, a good number of systemic conditions that interact with the renal system are covered. Finally, a dozen clinical scenarios give you an opportunity to check your understanding." Cambridge Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405184724
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/12/2009
  • Series: At a Glance Series , #10
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,443,705
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris O'Callaghan, Reader and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Nuffield Department of Medicine, and Oxford Kidney Unit, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals, Oxford, UK

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Table of Contents


1 The kidney: structural overview.

2 The kidney: functional overview.

3 Development of the renal system.

4 Clinical features of kidney disease.

5 The kidney: laboratory investigations and diagnostic imaging.

Basic renal science.

6 Renal sodium handling.

7 Renal potassium handling.

8 Renal acid–base and buffer concepts.

9 Renal acid–base handling.

10 Calcium, phosphate, and magnesium metabolism.

11 The kidney and water handling.

12 Erythropoietin and anemia in renal disease.

13 Renal vascular biology.

14 Drug and organic molecule handling by the kidney.

15 Renal pharmacology: diuretics.

Disorders of renal metabolic function.

16 Hereditary disorders of tubular transport.

17 Regulation of body sodium and body water.

18 Disorders of sodium and water metabolism.

19 Hyponatremia and hypernatremia.

20 The edema states: sodium and water retention.

21 Regulation of potassium metabolism.

22 Hypokalemia and hyperkalemia.

23 Regulation of divalent ions and disorders of phosphate and magnesium.

24 Hypocalcemia and hypercalcemia.

25 Acid–base regulation and responses to acid–base.


26 Clinical disorders of acid–base metabolism and metabolic acidosis.

27 Metabolic alkalosis, respiratory acidosis, and respiratory alkalosis.

28 Renal tubular acidosis.

Renal disease processes.

29 Glomerular disease: an overview.

30 Glomerular pathologies and their associated diseases.

31 Specific diseases affecting the glomeruli.

32 Tubulointerstitial disease.

33 Proteinuria and the nephrotic syndrome.

34 Hypertension: causes and clinical evaluation.

35 Hypertension: complications and therapy.

36 Diabetes mellitus and the kidney.

37 Renal vascular disease.

38 Polycystic kidney disease.

39 Acute kidney injury: pathophysiology.

40 Acute kidney injury: clinical aspects.

41 Chronic kidney disease and kidney function in the elderly.

42 Severe chronic kidney disease and renal bone disease.

43 Severe chronic kidney disease: clinical complications and their management.

44 Treatment of kidney failure with dialysis.

45 Peritoneal dialysis and continuous hemofiltration.

46 Renal transplantation.

47 Urinary tract infection.

48 Renal tract stones.

49 Renal tract cancer.

50 Pregnancy and the renal system.


Self-assessment: case studies and questions.

Self-assessment: answers.

Appendix: normal values.

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