The September edition offers discussions of treatment of "acute" renal failure and infectious arthritis. John P. Merrill edits the former section, but the designation "acute" is misleading; it overlooks the fine chapters on management of chronic renal disease. (Who performs transplants on patients with acute renal failure?) This group of papers represents one of the best presentations of the treatment of all varieties of renal failure I have seen in a long time.
The second section is an equally broad discussion of the diagnostic and therapeutic manipulations involved in the little appreciated area of infectious arthritis. It incorporates discussions of Reiter's disease, viral and fungal arthritides, as well as the bacterial processes. The chapter on children with infected joints is especially well done.
Modern Therapy joins forces with The Medical Letter and other similar publications to belie the popular but uncritical lament concerning the lack of pertinent, objective, palatable, current