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December 25, 1972


JAMA. 1972;222(13):1654. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210130046028

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The mythical Chimera, a she-goat with the head of a lion and the tail of a dragon, became the symbol of transplantation surgeons even before the field became a 20th-century specialty. Najarian and Simmons have appropriately selected this mythological monster as their symbol for a most timely publication. This vast new field combining surgery, religion, ethics, immunochemistry, genetics, organ preservation, probability, and chance is a "Chimera" of sorts itself. No one author could conceivably be knowledgeable in so many diversified fields and the editors have selected an impressive group of coauthors.

Such a textbook as this has been desperately needed to meet the requirements of medical students, interns, and residents in surgery, and to serve as a reference for the hospital administrator, the lawyer, or the practitioner confronted with possible transplant candidates.

After basic chapters on the principles of immunogenetics and histocompatibility, Dr. Najarian himself assumes the responsibility, not as