Television: Future of Transplants

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For countless viewers, TV's man of the holiday week proved to be no beer-bellied, chortling Santa Claus, but a lean, rather stern-faced man in a dark business suit who spoke through thin lips with a noticeable Afrikaans accent. He offered no tinseled presents, but the hope that his kind of surgical pioneering may eventually bring the vastly more valuable gift of renewed and prolonged life to many victims of heart disease. He was Dr. Christiaan Neethling Barnard (TIME cover, Dec. 15), who flew to the U.S. from Cape Town to Face the...

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