The Burning Glass

Like sunlight the 85 or more articles of this large site illuminate our field of medicine so patients,and physicians, and scientists alike may inspect its details and appreciate its contours. But I built the site to promote kidney stone prevention. All must focus there. And so I write this kidney stone book to be my burning glass, my instrument to train all knowledge upon one point. Why should I, a physician, care for science except it benefit my patients. They want prevention – of pain, and dreaded surgery. This book tries to distil the results of science concerning kidney stone prevention into useful guides for patients and their physicians.

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1475 – 1553) painted the Judgement of Paris between 1512 and 1514. The painting hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Do Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite foresee Agamemnon dead, the burning towers, Hector at the gates of Ileum? Surely Paris, of his fateful judgment, knew nothing. And these violent, shape changing deities, why would they draw, thus, two civilizations into the fire?


There is no value for me to repeat here what is said in the articles. The chapters concentrate what we know and focus on the use of knowledge for stone prevention. Chapters one and three do this in an obvious way. Chapter two is less obvious. It rests on an assumption that patients will do better with their treatment if they know about how stones form. Likewise, some physicians might like a simplified and brief summary that sames reading time.

A Preferred Order of Reading

The TOC below is for the kidney stone book. It runs differently from the sidebar TOC of the site that gives links to the articles. I intend my book to run in the direction of its chapters. Things build on each other so if you want the story read it in order.

If you just want to look up things, use the sidebar TOC.

Warning: This Book is in Preparation – Only 3 chapters exist so far

Chapter One: Personalized Kidney Stone Prevention

Chapter Two: How Kidney Stones Form

Chapter Three: Coping With Confusion