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The Kidney: An Outline of Normal and Abnormal Structure and Function

E. Lovell Becker, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(6):769. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620180131020.
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This is the second edition of The Kidney, and the author has rewritten the several sections on tubular function, glomerular nephritis, diabetic nephropathy, and polyuria. He has included in this volume for the first time renal artery stenosis, countercurrent mechanisms, autoimmunity, and the role of the kidney in erythropoiesis.

The book is a good review of the kidney, and the chapters on physiology and anatomy are well done. De Wardener covers the problems of the nephrotic syndrome, acute renal failure, chronic renal failure, and acute nephritis with clarity. At times the author appears adamant in his opinion of rather controversial subjects. The book is very clearly and succinctly written, but all too often is it very sketchy and leaves one desiring more information. The place of renal biopsy in the nephrotic syndrome would seem well established and I believe of value in prognosis. Many investigators believe that the nephrotic syndrome


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