The stone disease is extremely diverse – from single stone formers with spontaneous stone passage to staghorn stones and stone diseases associated with severe metabolic abnormalities such as renal tubular acidosis and primary hyperoxaluria. It is obvious that these different conditions should be dealt with selectively. In this context sharing knowledge on clinical practices – tips and tricks – between practising stone clinicians becomes especially important, and the most effective way that tips and tricks may be lifted up into an academic sphere is through international knowledge exchange. It is with this respect that this handbook on stone management plays a particular important role by creating a platform for exchange of clinical expertise. The contributors are international renowned stone experts, sharing with us their views of different approaches to the great variety of urinary stone diseases.
The handbook offers a unique synthesis of theory and tips-and tricks-technology, bridging basic science and daily clinical practice.
Palle Osther, MD, PhD
Professor of Urology
Chairman, EAU Section of Urolithiasis (eULIS)