A Short Historic View of Nephrology upto the 20th Century
- Corresponding Author:
- Joav Merrick
Medical Director, Health Services
Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services
IL-91012 Jerusalem, Israel
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: September 02, 2015 Accepted date: October 01, 2015 Published date: October 10, 2015
Citation: Greydanus DE, Sankar Raj VM, Merrick J (2015) A Short Historic View of Nephrology upto the 20th Century . Clinics Mother Child Health 12:195. doi:10.4172/2090-7214.1000195
Copyright: © 2015 Greydanus et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
It is easy for a non-nephrologist to become lost in the complexities of renal physiology, diagnosis, and treatment—i.e., to miss the forest for the trees. It is not unusual for one to “fall” into the loop of Henle (discovered by the 19th century German anatomist, Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle [1809-1885] and not return after being weighed down by a seemingly skimble-scamble litany of renal sagacities. Thus, one can ask: “what is the role (“the forest”) of the primary care clinician in the diagnosis and management of pediatric renal disorders (“the trees”)?” What is the forest and what are the trees in this perspective? Certainly, seeking to stay current on basic principles of pediatric nephrology is important such as fluid and electrolyte physiology and management of pediatric dehydration. In this short review we summarize some of the pioneer work done in nephrology up till the 20th century.