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June 3, 1983

Organ Transplantation

JAMA. 1983;249(21):2964-2965. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330450086040

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The keystone in replacement therapy remains the "transplant" because man's machines have not equaled the quality of the biologic parts provided by nature. Satya Chatterjee's Organ Transplantation joins an array of recent volumes on transplantation— Hamburger, Morris, and Tillney, for instance—as replacements for the outdated classic by Najarian and Simmons. In a field expanding so rapidly, Chatterjee has decided "to stay on a clinical footing," recognizing that "materials or techniques will be out of date by the time [the book] is published."

The authors have, thus, presented the historical approach that scientists have employed to combat the diseases of organ failure. While Joe Murray delightfully reminiscences on the early Boston experiences in homotransplantation with boundless optimism, succeeding authors discuss the immunobiology of transplantation in terms that surgeons can understand, even though bone marrow transplants seem more complicated. We are told that the T lymphocyte is far more complicated than Sir