In his preface the author states that he has tried "to convey a personal view of a nephrophile, who has spent the past 35 years of his life with the kidney." He has succeeded in this goal and turned out an admirable piece of work. This is a scholarly work that differs from many texts in two important aspects. There is a historical perspective which is often of considerable interest, and, in cases of conflicting data, the author usually leaves no doubt about his own interpretation and does not hesitate to point out the shortcomings in many studies and reports.
The book actually combines a text of physiology and a text of clinical nephrology. The first third of the volume is devoted to physiology. In the subsequent clinical sections the diseases are examined in terms of the altered physiology, and the approaches to treatment are also based on physiologic principles.