The author has practically rewritten this well-known book to bring into it the new knowledge of the kidney and of hypertension acquired in the 15 years which have elapsed since the preceding edition was published. It has been necessary to increase the size of the book by over 200 pages to include these advances in knowledge. The physiology of the kidney in health and disease is well detailed. Renal function tests are discussed as to purpose, method of procedure, reliability, and clinical value. It is shown that a few simple and practical tests are adequate to determine quite accurately the kidney status at any time.
The subdivisions of Bright's disease are each described in considerable detail as to their etiology, pathogenesis, clinical course, and therapy. The difficulties in differential diagnosis, especially in the chronic forms of kidney disease, are cited, and suggestions are given to assist one in making an