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August 18, 1917


Author Affiliations

Professor of Pediatrics, Medical School of Harvard University; Visiting Physician, Children's Hospital, and Consulting Physician, Infants' Hospital and the Floating Hospital BOSTON

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(7):525-530. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590340025008

Edebohls, in reviewing the clinical records of the patients on whom he had performed nephropexy, found that six of them had also had chronic nephritis. The complete and permanent disappearance of albumin and casts from the urine and the restoration to perfect and enduring health of three of the first five patients, led him to advise bilateral nephropexy in the sixth patient, a sufferer from chronic Bright's disease complicated with movable kidneys, mainly with the object of favorably influencing the chronic nephritis. This operation, performed Jan. 10, 1898, constituted the first operation ever undertaken on the kidneys with the deliberate purpose of curing chronic Bright's disease. The paper in which he reported this case and stated his views was published in 1899.1

In May, 1901, Edebohls2 stated that he was prepared to go a step farther and to propose surgical intervention for the purpose of attempting a cure