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August 31, 1963

Kidney Transplantation: 'The most valuable clinical data being acquired at the moment'

JAMA. 1963;185(9):33-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060090011005

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The "most valuable" clinical transplant data being acquired at the moment is that "which has to do with kidney transplantation," Dr. David M. Hume of the Medical College of Virginia told The Journal.

He explained that "this is because there are methods of maintaining patients with no kidneys for a prolonged period of time to prepare them for transplantation at the most opportune moment, and to permit them to live if the transplant fails."

In a report presented this spring before the American Surgical Association meeting at Phoenix, Ariz., Hume also pointed out that "the key to successful permanent transplantation on a large scale lies in the development of a simple effective, and safe method for immune suppression that will permit ultimate adaptation." Co-authors of the report were Drs. Joseph H. Magee, H. Myron Kauffman, Jr., Max S. Rittenbury, and George A. Prout, Jr.

Hume added that numerous kidney transplant

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