Immunological aspects of renal disease.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Henness, Elizabeth
Pub Date: 03/01/2011
Publication: Name: Renal Society of Australasia Journal Publisher: Renal Society of Australasia Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Renal Society of Australasia ISSN: 1832-3804
Issue: Date: March, 2011 Source Volume: 7 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Immunological aspects of renal disease (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Oliveira, David B. G.
Accession Number: 264921865
Full Text: Immunological aspects of renal disease

Author: David B. G. Oliveira Cambridge University

Press Paperback 229 pages ISBN: 9780521142403 Publication date: June 2010 43-47

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The Immunological aspects of renal disease is another addition to the Cambridge Reviews in Clinical Immunology Series. It is written by David Oliveira who is a research fellow at the Lister Institute and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK.

The preface of this book clearly states that this book is not a comprehensive account of renal disease from an immunological perspective, rather an introductory guide with extensive referencing for those who wish to do further learning on topics of interest. The author acknowledged that certain topics had not been addressed in the book in particular the effects of renal failure on the immune system and transplantation.

The book has 11 chapters. The initial chapter is an introduction to basic immunology. Subsequent chapters deal with specific renal diseases such as Anti-GBM disease, membranous nephropathy, lupus nephritis, IgArelated glomerulonephropathies, mesangiocapillary glomerulonephritis, minimal change nephropathy and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, systemic vasculitis and crescentic glomerulonephritis, tubulointersitial nephritis, other renal disease of immunological interest and therapeutic aspects.

Each chapter has a similar layout with an introductory section, sections on immunogenetics, immunopathogenesis (with a small section on animal models and more comprehensive section on human disease), therapeutic aspects and concluding remarks. There is extensive referencing at the end of each chapter for further reading.

In summary Immunological aspects of renal disease is a book that would be suitable for doctors training in Immunology or Nephrology. It is a good introductory immunology text and the extensive referencing is a beneficial guide for those wishing to do further reading on a topic. I think it would be a difficult book for undergraduate nurses to understand. It is unfortunate that transplantation is not included in the text but it would be a useful reference book for renal nurses interested in the immunological aspects of nephrology diseases.

Reviewed by: Elizabeth Henness, Renal Transplant Coordinator, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney
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