August 1973

Psychiatric Aspects of Organ Transplantation.

Author Affiliations


Communications to this Department may be sent directly to Robert H. Moser, MD, the Maui Medical Group, Maui Professional Center, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793, or to the Chief Editor for transmittal to him.


Edited by Pietro Castelnuovo-Tedesco, MD. Price, $7.75. Pp 172. Grune & Stratton Inc., 757 Third Ave, New York 10017, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(2):295-296. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650080137030

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This small volume makes an impact out of all proportion to its size and modest claims. It is, the editor tells us, the first publication "to gather in one issue the current thinking about psychiatric aspects of organ transplantation." But it is far more than this. The individual reactions of all who are instrumental in the removal of a vital organ, be it heart, kidney, pancreas, or lung, from one person and its replacement by an organ taken from another, alive or dead— these are matters of moment to everyone, since anyone at any time can find himself involved in it.

This remains true despite the fact that the transplanting of hearts is currently out of favor. Statistics have proved that the alien heart invariably is rejected by the recipient's body in spite of the most elaborate immunosuppressive techniques. But intensive research is going on in this direction and may

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