Inspired by an article by John Abel, the first artificial kidney was born in 1943 thanks to the efforts of Dr. Willem Kolff, a Dutch physician. The dialyzer is now revered as one of the foremost life-saving medical technologies in existence, however, his early work was met with many hardships, from hiding the experiment during World War II to facing scrutiny from others in the medical field. Davita’s history of Dialysis takes us through Kolff’s journey, the early stages of Dialysis and how it became the life-saving technique that we know today.
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