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Leading figures in polish nephrology. Part I — Zbigniew Fałda, MD PhD

Janusz Ostrowski12, Jan Kurkus32, Bolesław Rutkowski42
DOI: 10.5603/RDTF.2021.0013
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Renal Disease and Transplantation Forum 2021;14(2):113-119.
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  1. Department of the History of Medicine, Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education, Warsaw, Poland
  2. Historical Section of the Polish Society of Nephrology
  3. Department of Nephrology, Lund University, Sweden
  4. Department of Nephrology, Transplantology and Internal Diseases, Medical University of Gdańsk

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For over eight years now Forum Nefrologiczne has been filling some of its pages with the depictions of the figures of honorary members of the Polish Society of Nephrology. Having published 33 biographies to date, the authors wish to launch a new series presenting those who have received the title of the Leading Figures in Polish Nephrology. We begin with Dr. Zbigniew Fałda, who sadly passed away earlier this year. One of the pioneers of dialysis treatment in Poland, Dr. Fałda was a member of the Warsaw-based team taking initial steps into the field of hemodialysis in 1959, as the second one in the country. His merits for the development of Polish nephrology, notably dialysis treatment, are unique and well-known to more mature nephrologists, yet may be completely unknown to the younger generation of doctors. This is especially true about the first 20 years of the development of dialysis treatment in Poland. Although his career coincided with the historically difficult moments for the country and the nation, it abounded in fascinating and important moments that, we feel, are worth bringing to light. The most prominent of those moments must be his participation and input into the development of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, along with their modalities, based on solid training foundation Dr. Fałda had received in the world’s leading centers like Lund (Sweden) or Seattle (USA).

Abstract

For over eight years now Forum Nefrologiczne has been filling some of its pages with the depictions of the figures of honorary members of the Polish Society of Nephrology. Having published 33 biographies to date, the authors wish to launch a new series presenting those who have received the title of the Leading Figures in Polish Nephrology. We begin with Dr. Zbigniew Fałda, who sadly passed away earlier this year. One of the pioneers of dialysis treatment in Poland, Dr. Fałda was a member of the Warsaw-based team taking initial steps into the field of hemodialysis in 1959, as the second one in the country. His merits for the development of Polish nephrology, notably dialysis treatment, are unique and well-known to more mature nephrologists, yet may be completely unknown to the younger generation of doctors. This is especially true about the first 20 years of the development of dialysis treatment in Poland. Although his career coincided with the historically difficult moments for the country and the nation, it abounded in fascinating and important moments that, we feel, are worth bringing to light. The most prominent of those moments must be his participation and input into the development of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, along with their modalities, based on solid training foundation Dr. Fałda had received in the world’s leading centers like Lund (Sweden) or Seattle (USA).

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Title

Leading figures in polish nephrology. Part I — Zbigniew Fałda, MD PhD

Journal

Renal Disease and Transplantation Forum

Issue

Vol 14, No 2 (2021)

Article type

Biographic note

Pages

113-119

Published online

2021-12-31

DOI

10.5603/RDTF.2021.0013

Bibliographic record

Renal Disease and Transplantation Forum 2021;14(2):113-119.

Authors

Janusz Ostrowski
Jan Kurkus
Bolesław Rutkowski

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