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Glomerular Disease Corner: The Birth of Understanding Glomerulonephritis

  • 1 Mythri Shankar is Assistant Professor, Department of Nephrology, Institute of Nephro-urology, Bengaluru, India, and a GlomCon Education Committee Member (2021–2022) and GlomCon Fellow (2020–2021).
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Hippocrates. Engraving based on drawing by Peter Paul Rubens. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD (CC by 4.0).

Portrait of Richard Bright from Thomas Joseph Pettigrew, Medical Portrait Gallery, vol. 2 (1838).

Nephrology is a relatively young specialty. It emerged in the second half of the 20th century, with the rise of kidney biopsy, dialysis, and transplantation. Although kidneys have been studied since antiquity, stones and obstruction were a dominant focus. Urology books from 1739 mention the only treatment of anuria as bladder catheterization (1). So, how did the study of glomerular diseases rise as a cornerstone of

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