According to the author's preface this treatise on nephritis is written with "the basic conviction that clinical medicine is a science in its own right and not an appendix either to pathological anatomy or experimental physiology." However, the first nine chapters of a total of fourteen, comprising exactly two thirds of the book, are devoted to pathology and physiology. Much of this material is of a speculative and controversial nature and represents the author's own views and observations. It provides interesting reading for those especially interested in nephritis, but the busy practicing physician looking for practical assistance in the diagnosis and treatment of nephritis and nephrosis may not care to read that amount of material.
There are chapters on clinical physiology of the kidney, albuminuria, water metabolism, edema, estimation of renal function, renal acidosis, uremia, blood pressure and pathogenesis of nephritis. There is a good discussion of the theories and