Bright’s disease


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Bright’s disease

It is uncertain exactly what condition Richard Bright (1789–1858) was describing in his report, “Cases and observations illustrative of renal disease accompanied with the secretion of albuminous urine” (Guy’s Hops Rep (London) 1836); the primitive understanding of renal structure and function, and the crude laboratory tools then available for evaluating renal disease, preclude determining an exact equivalent for the term Bright’s disease, although modern equivalents might include poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis, acute glomerulonephritis, nephritis and other renal conditions.