Medicine: A New Kidney from Moscow

As head of the special surgical team at New York Hospital, Dr. William Stubenbord routinely performs more than a hundred kidney transplants a year. But there was something special about one of his cases last week. The kidney that he transplanted into a 32-year-old man had been taken from a Russian teenager fatally injured only 48 hours earlier in a Moscow traffic accident.

The successful surgery was an encouraging example of medical d├ętente that began last summer when Dr. Albert Rubin, director of the hospital's Rogosin Kidney Center, visited Moscow's Institute of Transplantation,...

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