How It All Got Started

history of dialysis - Kidney Talk

Sometimes we learn best by taking a look at the past. Did you know there used to be a “life-and-death” committee that kidney patients had to get through before being accepted for dialysis treatments? Or did you know there used to be an age limit for receiving dialysis treatments?

Listen to the fascinating history of dialysis this week on KidneyTalk. Lori and Stephen visit with guests Dr. Christopher Blagg, a pioneering nephrologist who was present when the concept of chronic dialysis became a reality, and Nancy Spaeth, a kidney patient survivor who was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 1959 and began hemodialysis in 1966.


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With your Hosts…

Stephen Furst Stephen Furst got his big break into movies in “Animal House,” in which he played Flounder. Stephen has also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in “St. Elsewhere” and as Vir Cotto in “Babylon5.” He is a successful television and movie producer/director and a kidney patient.


Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational bookChronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.

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