This monograph is intended to provide the pediatrician with information about a number of diseases in which renal tubular function is abnormal. The book consists of nine chapters, the first two of which provide background information on tubular function; the other seven discuss the specific disease entities which affect the tubules.
The necessarily abbreviated review of renal physiology will probably not be very useful. For the resident or recent resident it provides no new information; for the practitioner who has been out of touch with renal physiology for some time, it provides insufficient information to make the rest of the book readily understandable.
The second chapter on the investigation of tubular function appears to serve no useful purpose except to acquaint the reader with the usefulness of chromatography for the study of amino acids and sugars. The portion dealing with clearance techniques covers only the theoretical principles. Little information is