No matter what one's level of expertise in nephrology, a complete, clear, precise, and concise discussion of pertinent aspects of the subspecialty is always necessary, although frequently elusive. In Nephrology the editors have achieved such expression by capturing the essence of recent scientific discoveries and elegantly transforming them into readable and not easily forgettable didactic material.
The various discussions contained in these proceedings of the IX International Congress on Nephrology have been well divided, organized, and presented. Most important, from beginning to end, all the chapters lead the reader from the basic physiological concepts to clinically relevant conditions; a gap frequently hard to bridge.
In volume 1, I particularly enjoyed the clarity with which several complicated topics, such as electrolyte transport, tubuloglomerular feedback, and the renin-angiotensin and other hormonal systems, were presented. The updated discussions on acute renal failure, the effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and sodium handling in various