Much has changed in our specialty since the appearance of the first edition of this Handbook. Chronic Kidney Disease, a fl edgling classifi cation at the time, is now well established internationally and, more recently, acute renal failure has emerged from a comparable makeover as Acute Kidney Injury. Although not without detractors, these re-imaginations have helped to raise general awareness of kidney disease and provided a welcome platform from which nephrologists have re-engaged with colleagues in both primary and secondary care. International efforts to produce consensus guidelines (albeit from disappointingly thin evidence) must also be applauded. However, whilst we may inexplicably struggle to complete sufficient RCTs of good quality, we remain admirable innovators of clinical services.
It is a great privilege to be part of a global renal community best characterized by its restlessness to do things better.
You’ll fi nd a little more depth to the information in this edition, although this remains balanced with the more pragmatic advice that was so well received last time out. With unlimited knowledge just a few keyboard strokes away, it seemed even more important to bring essential information to the fore and present it in as palatable and practical a way as possible. We hope the additional detail will also prove useful during preparation for postgraduate examinations and assessments.
This Handbook now sits in a larger family, having been joined by the excellent Oxford Specialist Handbooks of Renal Transplantation and Paediatric Nephrology . Along with the well-established Oxford Handbook of Dialysis and the newer Oxford Desktop Reference of Nephrology , we believe these represent a formidable resource across our entire specialty.
The first edition was the idea of a few enthusiastic London trainees, cultivated through animated caffeine-fuelled discussions as their lab experiments simmered nearby. Whilst still enthusiastic (on the whole), said trainees are now undeniably greyer, balder, rounder and grumpier (we’ll let those of you who know us decide which adjective fi ts each of us best) and it has inevitably proved challenging to complete this new version around the demands of busy professional and personal lives. We are therefore extremely grateful to all our contributors as well as to OUP for (almost) being as patient as our families. But, ultimately, it is the support and good humour of the latter that has really allowed us to complete the text you are about to read.
It had always been our intention to create a Handbook that makes the practice of renal medicine a little easier and a lot more enjoyable. And on that thought, we offer this new edition to you as meagre thanks for the wonderful fortune that brought our good friend and colleague Shaun Summers, all too briefl y, into our lives.
1. Clinical assessment of the renal patient
2. Acute kidney injury (AKI)
3. Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
7. Diseases of the kidney
8. The kidney in systemic disease
9. Essential urology
10. Fluids and electrolytes
11. Pregnancy and the kidney
12. Drugs and the kidney
13. Renal physiology
Title: Oxford Handbook of Nephrology and Hypertension
Edition: 2nd Edition
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Authors: Simon Steddon ,Alistair Chesser ,John Cunningham ,Neil Ashman