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Ciba Foundation Study Group No. 30: The Balkan Nephropathy

Am J Dis Child. 1968;116(3):341-342. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100020345031.
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This interesting little book is a transcription of the Ciba Foundation Study Group No. 30, in honor of Prof. Dr. Frano Bulic. The proceedings of this study were edited by Dr. G. E. W. Wolstenholme and Julie Knight. Dr. Clifford Wilson of the Medical Unit of the London Hospital was the chairman and introduced the fascinating subject in a most intriguing manner.

The problem of nephritis in the Balkan countries was reviewed by many invited speakers from Bulgaria, Rumania, Yugoslavia, Denmark, and London. The subject was approached from the role of epidemiology and genetics, with special studies of urinary proteins and structural and functional changes in this endemic nephropathy. Furthermore, the problem in Bosnia, Kolubara, Serbia, and Bulgaria was reviewed by the various research groups. A fascinating story on the role of nephrotoxic agents was also reviewed.

This peculiar chronic disease was first described approximately nine years ago in Rumania.


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