Transplants: Beyond the Heart

Just two months ago, when Dr. Christiaan Barnard remarked that he would not hesitate to remove a still-beating heart for transplantation if the donor had suffered indisputable "brain death," the suggestion still seemed shocking to many surgeons. Since then, heart transplants have become increasingly common and the criteria of brain death generally agreed upon. Thus, gathering last week in Manhattan, most of the world's transplant surgeons accepted the idea of a beating-heart transplant with Barnardian aplomb.

Concurring completely was Houston's Dr. Denton A. Cooley, who has seven recipients surviving. The only...

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