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August 4, 1956

The Treatment of Renal Failure: Therapeutic Principles in the Management of Acute and Chronic Uremia

JAMA. 1956;161(14):1428-1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970140084025

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This short monograph was written "to serve as a guide to the treatment of renal insufficiency and renal failure." The two largest sections deal with the diagnosis, prognosis, and conservative clinical management of acute and chronic renal failure respectively. The approach is quite properly physiological and mechanistic. These sections are preceded by chapters concerning the elements of normal renal function, abnormal renal function, body fluid physiology, and the signs and symptoms of renal failure. These are brief and will be easily comprehensible even to those not chemically minded. The remaining chapters are devoted to a discussion of the treatment of renal failure by extrarenal routes, with special emphasis on dialytic methods (the so-called artificial kidney). The appendix consists of a short exposition of the technique of short-term transperitoneal dialysis, a brief discussion of the management of a dehydrated patient with incipient renal failure, a short table of the potassium content

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