History of nephrology

Modern Nephrology & Renal Replacement Therapy

Early Nephrology

  • Richard Bright 1789-1858 – from the Roscoe Robinson Collection at Vanderbilt University: the first accounts of albuminuria and dropsy, published in Vol.1 of Reports of Medical Cases Selected with a View of Illustrating the Symptoms and Cure of Diseases by a Reference to Morbid Anatomy, 1827. ( link)
  • Robert Christison 1795-1882 – promoted and extended Bright’s observations and first described renal anaemia, and was a founder of modern toxicology and major contributor to the first British Pharmacopoeia in 1864. Published On granular degeneration of the kidneys and its connexion with dropsy, inflammations, and other diseases in 1839. link
  • Pierre Rayer 1793-1867 – Some information
  • History of the Renal Association
  • Renal Association Archives


NICE accredited clinical practice guidelines 

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25th Annual Report

Analyses about the care provided to patients at UK renal centres.

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2022 UKRR AKI Report

A report on the nationwide collection of AKI warning test scores. 

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