In Physiology of the Human Kidney Laurence Wesson has produced the first comprehensive review of renal physiology since Homer Smith's now classic The Kidney: Structure and Function in Health and Disease was published in 1951. Wesson is eminently qualified for this task, having made a significant personal contribution to the field over the past 20 years. His stated intention was "to provide a reasonable body of reference material for the more advanced student." By this definition the book is an unqualified success; it contains over 6,700 references! All but two of the chapters were written solely by Wesson ("The Renin-Angiotensin System" by Patrick J. Mulrow and John A. Goffinet, and "Erythropoietic Function of the Kidney" by Allan Erslev).
Renal physiology has undergone a remarkable period of change in the 18 years that separate Smith's review from the current one; progress may not have been as remarkable, but it rarely is.