January 24, 1972

Human Organ Support and Replacement: Transplantation and Artificial Prostheses

Author Affiliations

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles


edited by James D. Hardy, 453 pp, with illus, $30.50, Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1971.

JAMA. 1972;219(4):514-515. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190300050027

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This clinically oriented survey of the recent advances in human organ transplantation and prostheses will appeal to all workers in these fields. Each contributor keeps to his editorial assignment and exposes the reader to all major developments in the field through 1969. By presenting in one volume knowledge about both artificial organ support and transplantation, Dr. Hardy appropriately integrates these previously divergent fields.

Some of the outstanding achievements of this volume include Carpentier and Dubost's chapter on allograft and xenograft heart valves, Hardy's chapters on heart and lung transplantation, Manax and Lillehei's discussion of gastric and intestinal transplantation, Bigelow and Starr's chapter on prosthetic cardiac valves, and Wesolowski's discussion of blood vessel replacement.

Separate chapters on the transplantation of each visceral organ serve as possible sources of wider benefit; for example, the kidney transplanter may benefit from reading John Norman's review of the problems encountered in splenic transplantation. Extracorporeal support