Transplants: Questions of the Heart

TRANSPLANTS Questions of the Heart History's first transplant of a heart, from a chimpanzee to a dying man (TIME, Jan. 31), was a significant surgical achievement. But the difficulties that surrounded the operation, say University of Mississippi Surgeon James D. Hardy and his colleagues, were more than problems of cutting and suturing. What bothered the doctors as much as anything else, they report in the A.M.A. Journal, were matters of timing and questions of ethics.

The doctors knew well in advance that they wanted a human heart for a transplant. They figured that one could be taken from a relatively young...

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