Medicine: For Kidney Crises

To most laymen, mention of anything seriously wrong with the circulation of the blood suggests trouble in the heart or the arteries leading to the brain; rarely do they consider the kidneys. But more than half of all U.S. deaths are classed technically as due to "cardiovascular-renal" diseases, and last week the American Heart Association marked its annual fund drive with new emphasis on the renal (kidney) part of the triad. Most notable exhibits: "artificial kidneys," which are now saving lives at a growing number of U.S. medical centers.

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