Surgery: The Hearts of Texas

Eight surgeons on four continents have now performed heart transplants, but the one who stepped most prominently last week from under the nonglare lights of his operating theater into the spotlight of world attention was a tall Texan. Denton Arthur Cooley, 47. The mere fact that Dr. Cooley did three heart transplants within five days was a notable achievement. To Cooley himself, this was incidental and to some extent accidental—the timing of transplants depends on having suitable donors and recipients available simultaneously. The operations, says Cooley, are technically less difficult...

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