Daugirdas, P. Blake, T. Ing Editors. The 4th edition of this already well-received book is, as expected, even better than the three previous editions.

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Daugirdas, P. Blake, T. Ing Editors. The 4th edition of this already well-received book is, as expected, even better than the three previous editions. This is not a book you would read from the first to the last page, but rather one you would consult for advice on a particular problem with one of your dialysis patients, or to refresh your memory on a specific detail.

This reviewer is no longer directly involved in the care of dialysis patients but, as editor-in-chief of this journal, he receives many new submissions daily, relating to an enormous variety of dialysis subjects. I have therefore used this book for a number of months, when confronted with a dialysis paper, to learn what the authors of the handbook had to say on the subject.

I have not yet been deceived, and often have learned more from the handbook than from reading the scientific paper. This is testimony to the up-to-date and very instructive way the authors of the different chapters of this book have covered almost every important aspect of both haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The book is divided into four parts: one on chronic kidney disease management before dialysis is needed; the second part covers all the blood-based therapies, the third details virtually all aspects of peritoneal dialysis and the fourth for the clinician the most interesting part covers the most common clinical problems that may be seen in the dialysis patient.

The majority of the authors are from North America, but a number of well-known authors from Europe and the Far East have also contributed to this book. If I could find one minor criticism in the book it is the lack of a comprehensive chapter on the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic aspects of drug therapy in the dialysis patient. Drug therapy is covered in many of the individual chapters, particularly in part four of the book, but an overall short introduction to this important aspect of the management of dialysis patients would probably be useful.

Overall, I can warmly recommend this handbook to all our clinical colleagues involved in the daily care of the dialysis patient; in particular, to young doctors starting their first rotation in the dialysis unit.

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The revised, updated Fourth Edition of this popular handbook provides practical, accessible information on all aspects of dialysis, with emphasis on day-to-day management of patients. Chapters provide complete coverage of hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, special problems in dialysis patients, and problems pertaining to various organ systems. New chapters cover chronic kidney disease management in predialysis patients, frequent daily or nocturnal hemodialysis, and hemodiafiltration. Chapters on venous and arteriovenous access have been completely revised. Each chapter provides references to relevant Web sites. John T.

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