Kidney Disease Book Release
Copyright 2014 by Virgo Publishing.
Posted on: 02/23/2012


MADISON, Wis.—A new book called Help, I Need Dialysis! will be available for those in some way affected by kidney disease this March.

One out of Nine Americans have CKD and learning about the disease is an important factor of keeping the problem under control. Each year, more than 100,000 patients start dialysis without really knowing how it works. The book by Dori Schatell, MS, and John Agar MD, dives into dialysis and explains why more is better, how it works and everything in between.  The book includes chapters on symptoms, how to cope with crisis, the six different types of kidney disease, choosing a dialysis clinic and much more.

"Facing kidney failure can be terrifying," explains Schatell, "and knowing about all of the treatment options empowers people to make choices that will let them live as fully as possible. Most people on dialysis in the US (92 percent) use just one option: standard in-center hemodialysis —even though just 6 percent of nephrologists would choose it for themselves. Dr. Agar and I wanted to write a book that would provide life-saving information about dialysis options and lifestyle for those who need it."

About the Authors

Dori Schatell, MS, is Executive Director of the Medical Education Institute, a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping people with chronic disease learn to manage and improve their health. She has more than 23 years of experience developing educational materials for people with kidney disease.

 John Agar, MD, is Conjoint Clinical Professor of Medicine at Deakin University School of Medicine and Geelong Hospital, Barwon Health in Geelong, Australia. He is the former Director of Nephrology and Chief of Service (Medicine) at Barwon Health, and continues to practice clinical medicine there. He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne, has published many articles about dialysis, and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service to renal medicine in Australia. He runs the popular website

 About the Medical Education Institute

MEI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) private operating foundation dedicated to helping people with chronic disease learn to manage and improve their health. Since 1993, MEI has worked to help people with kidney disease live long and live well. MEI has created award-winning websites, including Home Dialysis Central (, Kidney School (, and Learn more about MEI and its programs at