Many works have attempted to give a comprehensive view of certain aspects of kidney function such as noted in the recent review on salt and water metabolism (Arch. Intern. Med., March, 1961).
In Metabolic Aspects of Renal Function the author discusses a series of special biochemical functions of the kidney.
The first two chapters dealing with phosphate, amino acid, and glucose transport compare the renal mechanisms to similar processes in other tissues.
The chapters on the tricarboxylic acid cycle and the synthesis and secretion of ammonia represent an area in which the author has recently been working. An interesting feature is the discussion of the interrelationships of these 2 functions, especially in acid-base regulation.
The final chapters, on organic acid transport and phlorizin, present thorough reviews, with excellent bibliographies of 2 important aspects of renal function. The book contains numerous references to areas needing research.
The volume is recommended to