In the preface to this book, it is stated that its purpose is to bring together in short compass, information which the medical practitioner needs for an intelligent understanding of kidney disease — it is largely a statement of the work of others. Its contribution consists in the attempt to gather and digest as much information as possible, and to present it in concise, intelligible and usable form. Careful study of the book convinces one that the author has spent much effort, has kept to the object set forth in the preface and has done well. However well informed one may be concerning kidney disease, he could hardly fail to profit by a study of the material presented here, and the author's keenly critical and analytic discussion of it.
The classifications of nephritis, with reasons and lack of reasons involved, are well presented. The works of Delafield and of Volhard