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Willem Johan Kolff

Willem Johan Kolff Biography

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ABOUT
Physician who replicated the function of kidneys through the world's first dialysis machine.
BEFORE FAME
While fighting in the Dutch Resistance during World War II, he built the first artificial kidney.

FAMILY LIFE
He had five younger brothers.
ASSOCIATED WITH
Renee Laennec was another physician whose invention, the stethoscope, helped to advance the practice of medicine.
TRIVIA
He built the first dialysis machine with parts scavenged around from the war, and even included part of a wrecked German fighter plane.

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