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Renal physiologists often consider function without much regard for the actual structure of the kidney. The countercurrent hypothesis emphasized the importance of morphology, but much of the thinking and theorizing was in terms of oversimplified models, which nonetheless could be made to work surprisingly like real kidneys. The actual arrangement of the renal vessels and their relation to the tubules cannot be ignored, however, and the authors of this book looked in vain for a consistent description of the smaller blood vessels in the kidney. Therefore they decided, as anatomists, to collate what was already in the literature and to
The Blood Vessels of the Kidney.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;77:336. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-77-2-336_2
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