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Kidney disease and the generation game

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1268

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  1. Damien Fogarty, consultant and senior lecturer in renal medicine, Belfast City Hospital and Queen’s University Belfast
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    The author cannot hide his enthusiasm for the history of renal disease, but Damien Fogarty wants to hear more about prevention

    Most nephrologists will understand the connection between the term dropsy and kidney disease, but general readers may find this book’s title too specialised and off putting—which is a shame, as there is much here for the general reader who is interested in the progress of medicine and surgery and in the interactions between doctor and patient.

    This book is more than just a history of kidney failure: it has excellent insights into the minds and personalities of physicians and scientists who contributed to our current understanding of chronic disease, our newest form of epidemic. The author also reflects on the technological advances of dialysis and organ transplantation and allows the patients’ stories to come to the fore. Steven Peitzman is a practising nephrologist but …

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