Medicine: Transplants: An Anniversary Review

SURGERY'S most spectacular procedure, the transplant of a heart from one human being to another, marks its first anniversary this week. By the latest tally, 95 human hearts have been taken from newly dead donors and implanted in the chests of 93 patients (two of them got two apiece). Almost exactly half the recipients are still living, though some have received new hearts so recently that the likelihood of their survival cannot be judged, and another death is being reported almost daily. The world's record survivor has lived for just eleven months.

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