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The Art of Medicine at the 21st Century

The chief of the pediatric nephrology section is seated at the head of an oval conference table with his ten staff members for a conference about inpatients at the university medical center.

'Pediatric Nephrology Conference'
(ink drawing with tempera, 29.5' x 39')
©May H. Lesser


The chief of the pediatric nephrology section is with his staff for a conference about inpatients at the university medical center. A large group involved in the treatment of children -- nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists, dialysis specialists, and kidney transplant administrators -- discuss the week's progress of each child in the unit. "Dialysis can be done at night. With peritoneal dialysis one can hook oneself to the machine and in the morning go to school. Transplantation has improved markedly. Cyclosporin really changed that world, and the survival of kidney grafts has increased remarkably," the physician reports. "Years ago the staff caring for children with failing kidneys would often lose their bearings with the hopeless suffering and deaths. Today this is a cheerful, upbeat meeting."