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November 9, 1970

How About Your Kidneys, Doctor?

JAMA. 1970;214(6):1109-1110. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180060083018

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The era of transplantation is upon us. While the transfusion of blood, the most common transplant, has been universally accepted for many years, and corneal transplants are not news today, the transplantation of other tissues has been seen, until recently, by the profession as a very exciting "laboratory" procedure. However, the transplantation of kidneys is now being seriously viewed as a practical therapeutic approach in some cases of renal disease.

More than 4,000 renal transplants have been accomplished, and recently a major health insurance company announced that the procedure will be covered under the terms of its contracts. It seems that renal transplants are therapy now. Renal failure accounts for a sizable portion of the deaths in America, and the demand for kidneys for transplantation is likely to grow geometrically in the foreseeable future.

Now is the time to begin laying the foundations to assure a reliable supply of organs