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Hemodialysis: A Successful Therapy for Chronic Uremia

Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(2):293-311. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-64-2-293
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Recurrent hemodialysis has become a successful form of therapy for patients with end-stage chronic renal failure. At the present time, several hemodialysis centers both in the United States and abroad are actively involved in maintaining and rehabilitating patients having essentially no renal function.

Dialysis therapy for end-stage renal disease was first successully attempted by Scribner and associates (1) in 1960. Subsequently numerous other investigators (2-10) have reported on dialysis in chronic uremia with varying degrees of success. The development of first a Teflon (11) and then a Silastic-Teflon arteriovenous shunt (12), as well as the pumpless low-temperature dialysis technique (13),


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