Medicine: Transplants: Shumway's Way

Much of the glamor has rubbed off heart-transplant surgery since Dr. Christiaan Barnard's historic operation eight years ago this week in Cape Town. Discouraged by the generally low survival rate of patients, many of the surgeons who performed the early heart transplants have now abandoned the technique. There is one notable exception: Dr. Norman E. Shumway of Stanford University School of Medicine, the man who developed the technique used by Barnard. Shumway, 52, is allergic to publicity but recently broke a three-year silence on his transplant record. At a meeting of the American...

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