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It is a common belief that issues in the treatment of end-stage renal disease have been resolved. This author, an associate professor of health policy in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts, thoroughly and convincingly argues that kidney dialysis and transplant are neither the routine nor the satisfactory treatments that we have been led to believe.
The author explores the dichotomies between chronic care and cure, and discusses the problem of assuring "quality of life" to patients who survive through dialysis or transplant. The roles of the patient, physician, health care team, medical culture, government, press, technology,
Borrowed Time: Artificial Organs and the Politics of Extending Lives. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:349. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-4-349_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(4):349.
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