Vice is always more interesting than virtue, in a book review as much as in a novel; to give a book an incisive condemnatory review is usually more stimulating, to both writer and reader, than praise. Risking dullness, one can only say of this book that it is excellent: clear, authoritative, and complete. It is also beautifully produced and of such length that it can be read carefully in a few days without fatigue. The clinician will turn first—and wrongly so—to the two chapters on "Renal Function in Renal Disease" and "The Uremic Syndrome," probably feeling that two short chapters cannot possibly cover such topics in any adequate fashion. However, he will find that these two sections are a fine summary of the basis of disordered renal function. Unlike many texts he is exhorted to read, the "interested clinician" will find this book illuminating throughout.
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