The first annual meeting of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs was held June 5, 1955, at Atlantic City. The transactions of this and subsequent meetings have been published annually and include, in addition to the authors' manuscripts, the discussion, edited from tape recordings. The meetings are the forum where engineers, surgeons, chemists, internists, and physiologists discuss experimental and clinical data pertaining to artificial internal organs, particularly the artificial kidney and pump oxygenators.
The discussions contain data on membrane kinetics, anticoagulants, clinical results with extracorporeal devices, and metabolic studies that are not readily available elsewhere. The sections on hemodialysis include descriptions of new dialyzers by Kolff, Salisbury, Kylstra, and others; classic manuscripts describing the original experiences with application of a new dialyzer by Merrill, Schreiner, Leonard, and Keily; new techniques in hemodialysis, such as prophylactic daily dialysis described by Teschan; extensive studies on the maintenance of life in chronic