“What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?"
Isak Dineson, Danish author (1885-1962)
No question that I'm a nephrologist to the core. My mentor, Tom Andreoli, often referred to the kidneys as the "seat of the soul". He would have appreciated this quote. Dazzled by the precise and miraculous ability of healthy kidneys to balance internal body chemistry, he made the field of Nephrology exciting and irresistible. I miss him greatly and think of him often. As I go about my own doctoring, I sense his presence, humor, and his insistence that we strive always for excellence.