Description: This book provides a concise and practical approach to the treatment of renal diseases and hypertension. It serves as a companion to a major text in nephrology.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise and practical text on the treatment of renal disease and hypertension with emphasis on summarizing and analyzing recent clinical trials. These objectives are quite worthy for two main reasons. First, this is a continuously and rapidly developing field of medicine. Second, many therapeutic strategies are complex and frequently controversial. Therefore, a concise review with specific recommendations from the contributors is very helpful to practicing nephrologists and internists. The editors have met their objectives.
Audience: This book is written for both the expert in nephrology and hypertension and for the general internist, fellow, and student. The editors have solicited expert section editors and numerous contributors who are internationally known in their field of medicine.
Features: In general, this book covers therapeutic strategies of all major renal diseases and hypertension including sections on renal transplant management and dialysis. In addition, there is a section on the general principles utilized in evaluating clinical trials and a specific chapter on the renal information superhighway. It is very well written and easy to read. It contains numerous tables and algorithms that are extremely useful and readily accessible. The overview of available clinical trials is, in general, comprehensive and up-to-date. A unique feature is the quality and appropriate number of tables. The chapter on the renal information super highway is particularly helpful. This book is very valuable to practicing nephrologists and nephrology trainees. A shortcoming would be the time lapse between the writing and publishing of the book, as them are no 1998 references and very few from 1997. This shortcoming is expected in any major publication with such a large number of contributing authors.
Assessment: This is a very valuable book. It discusses in detail recent clinical studies and provides specific recommendations for the management of patients with renal diseases. While there are currently other books and computer software focusing on similar subjects, the availability of this book is still very much warranted. The specific treatment of many renal diseases is still controversial and clinicians differ in their approaches. In this book, 150 internationally known contributing authors and 16 section editors provide their own opinions based on current available clinical data. It is important to have many sources of information when one is dealing with such a complex subject. The treatment of every patient is always unique and requires further evaluation, not only of the current "evidence," but also of the specific approaches of various experts in the field.