Willem J. Kolff, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Belding H. Scribner, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Federal legislation now recognizes that the government should bear financial responsibility for terminal renal disease. The provisions of H.R. 1 and estimates of the cost and consequences will be discussed. How can the squandering of federal money on needlessly expensive equipment and services be avoided? The manner in which the provisions of this law are executed will doubtlessly influence future government support for other illnesses.
What is the future of single-needle dialysis, artificial blood vessels, charcoal kidneys, and the control of hepatitis? Does the intra-aortic balloon pump saves lives? What is the status of artificial heart and cardiac assist devices?
Kolff WJ, Scribner BH. The John Phillips Memorial Award Lecture: Responsibility in the Use of Artificial Organs.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:812. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-812_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):812.
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