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November 13, 1967

Cosmas and Damian

JAMA. 1967;202(7):666. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130200152047

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To the Editor:—  Regarding the issue with the picture of SS. Cosmas and Damian on the cover (Sept 25, 1967), the twin brothers have been the subject of many paintings throughout the centuries.Having been interested in human organ transplantation, I have observed with more than casual perusal the various portrayals of the two saints to determine whether or not they are pictured as monozygotic twins.It is prophetic that the patron saints of medicine and surgery whose chief medical feat was transplantation between humans should appear as monozygotic twins. As is well known, the first successful, permanent skin transplantation by Padgett and Brown was between identical twins, and the first successful kidney transplant was, likewise, between monozygotic twins.