There is a body of factual knowledge of varying usefulness that every budding specialist must digest and absorb as part of an extended initiation ritual before being allowed to take boards, lecture to general practitioners, or be let loose on the public. Hence, this new materia nephrologica, a British textbook written by 16 contributors from the capital, seven from the provinces, and two for good measure from Northern Ireland. Though directed mainly at "those training in nephrology," it promises to be useful also to "physicians whose practice often brings them into contact with renal problems." Arranged in the traditional order, it starts off with a chapter on anatomy that many students had hoped they would never encounter again. So we learn that kidneys are paired and bean shaped, just as presumably all books on legumes explain that beans are single and kidney shaped.
"So we learn that kidneys are paired