Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: dialysis

  • Mrs. M’s refusal

    Ladan Golestaneh Bronx, New York, United States   My role as a physician includes foregoing a prescriptive approach to some patients in favor of a supportive one. Yielding to a belief system that does not fit the structure of my many years of training feels like a personal failure. But sometimes I know I have…

  • History of nephrology: modern era

    George Dunea Chicago, Illinois, United States   Twentieth century Three major developments—renal biopsy, dialysis, and transplantation—revolutionized nephrology in the second half of the 20th century. Renal biopsy transformed the diagnostic approach to renal disease from a clinical methodology to one based on morphological analysis. Presently over one million patients with renal failure are maintained by…