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November 21, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(21):1655-1656. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670210057025

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Automobiling and Kidney Function  The influence of automobiling on renal affections is now being considered by the profession here. Recent researches show that the functioning of kidneys not perfectly normal may be influenced by prolonged and repeated automobile rides. When the renal lesion is not marked, oliguria occurs only after some time, ceasing shortly after the ride and usually compensated by a polyuria. But repetition of this oliguria eventually has a deleterious effect, and in more advanced renal processes the oliguria is more sudden, uniform and prolonged. Orthostatic albuminuria is generally aggravated while, on the contrary, digestive albuminuria is improved by reasonable use of the automobile when the patient's general condition is satisfactory. The automobile may be regarded as a factor in the production of uremic accidents.In some subjects, general congestion of the urinary system may be improved by moderate automobiling. Slight congestive attacks when no gross lesions of

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