The doyen of pediatric urology, D. Innes Williams, from the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, with the aid of collaborators in appropriate areas, presents a valuable compendium of current knowledge in the more important areas in this ever-growing subspecialty. The table of contents alone requires 11 pages to list in outline format the subsequent material.
The team approach, imperative to-day for the intelligent practice of urology in childhood, is exemplified in the opening chapters, written by T. Martin Barratt, a pediatric nephrologist also from Great Ormond Street. After providing standard coverage of the basics of renal physiology and function, acute and chronic renal failure, hypertension, and the like in our modern age, he presents some admirable vignettes of the nephrotic syndrome, urinary tract infections, and benign recurrent hematuria despite normal findings on the urologic work-up proper. (In the latter circumstance, he finds simple observation in order