Kidney machine used for home dialysis, c 1966.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
View of the object as it is displayed in the Health Matters gallery in the Science Museum, London. When the kidneys do not work well an 'artificial kidney' may be used to filter blood, and remove waste and exces water. Dialysers were first developed in the 1940s, and automated machines were introduced for home use in the early 1960s. This machine was used by Moreen Lewis, one of the first patients to have a dialysis machine at home. It was her lifeline for nine years. Like other patients at the time, she had to find £7000 to pay for the machine and for technical support. Manufactured by Milton Roy, United States.