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December 9, 1968


JAMA. 1968;206(11):2514. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150110062012

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The American College of Cardiology has again served public and professional purpose in another Bethesda Conference, this time on transplantation. The fact-packed report (see p 2489) is produced by the country's most knowledgeable workers in the many fields related to this protean problem. The authorities have convened; their opinions were distilled; all was welded into an effective instrument and this promptly published.

Professional, lay, and government readers now have the best existing position paper. It goes far to elucidate the present and future promise of organ transplantation. With this foundation the reader can define for himself when, where, and by whom transplantation should be carried out. Many scientific and social problems extending far beyond organ transplantation are brought to view. Some valid suggestions regarding the solution of these compelling problems are made.

The reader will sense disadvantages in emotional publicity and rush to reckless adventures in heart transplant efforts by