Maintenance Haemodialysis and Preventive Measures in Renal Disease

  • W. R. Cattell


Recent years have seen striking advances in the field of biomedical engineering. As this Symposium indicates, many areas of medical practice are involved, from the provision of limb prosthesis to artificial hearts. Among the striking success stories is the development of systems which provide renal replacement for patients with terminal kidney disease. International statistics (Parsons et al., 1971) show five year survivals of between 60 and 90% for patients whose lives are maintained by artificial kidneys—figures which compare very favourably with the results of treatment of other killing conditions such as coronary artery disease and lung cancer.


Psychological Control Streptococcal Infection Chronic Glomerulonephritis Urinary Tract Obstruction Progressive Renal Failure 
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© Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. R. Cattell
    • 1
  1. 1.St Bartholomew’s HospitalLondonEngland

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