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Author Peitzman, Steven J. (Steven Jay), 1945-

Title Dropsy, dialysis, transplant : a short history of failing kidneys / Steven J. Peitzman.

Imprint Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    616.614 PEI    Available
Description xxi, 213 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series Johns Hopkins biographies of disease
Johns Hopkins biographies of disease.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-207) and index.
Contents Swollen with dropsy -- Richard Bright's new disease -- Sympathy and flannel -- Enter the microscope and the laboratory -- Renal shutdown, a needle, and the end of Bright's disease -- Inventing chronic dialysis -- Coupled to the artificial kidney -- The gift of life -- Progression and renewal.
Summary The kidneys are sophisticated organs that filter waste from the blood. A number of diseases and disorders--including diabetes and hypertension--can harm the kidneys and cause them to fail. Historian and nephrologist Steven J. Peitzman traces the medical history of kidney disease alongside the personal experience of illness. Drawing on diaries, letters, and literary narratives, as well as on scientific writings, Peitzman charts the triumphs of medical innovators like Richard Bright, Thomas Addis, and Belding Scribner as well as the stories of persons, famous and not, who have struggled with the disease. Treatments have evolved from abdominal tapping and dietetics to hemodialysis and transplantation. Medical advances have improved the well-being and prognosis of persons with failing kidneys. Yet such persons remain on an arduous journey of chronic illness. Peitzman travels with them, from diagnosis to treatment, and witnesses their remarkable ability to cope.--From publisher description.
Subject Chronic renal failure -- History.
Nephrology -- History.
ISBN 9780801887345 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0801887348 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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