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December 1972

Human Organ Support and Replacement: Transplantation and Artificial Prostheses.

Author Affiliations

Santa Barbara, Calif

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(6):973-974. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650060157037

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James Hardy and his collaborators have written an ambitious book which sets out to survey the entire field of human organ transplantation and prosthetic devices. Hardy's qualifications for writing such a work are impressive. His surgical group at the University of Mississippi performed the first human lung allograft in 1963, and in 1964 performed the first human heart transplant using a chimpanzee donor. Aside from these dramatic clinical firsts, Hardy's experimental laboratory has reported on a wide range of research in transplantation over many years. With such a background, one would expect Hardy to have put together a first-rate, authoritative account of the subject. This is precisely what he has done. Human Organ Support and Replacement is the best compendium of transplantation, oriented for the surgeon, to have appeared in print.

The subject is treated methodically, if somewhat arbitrarily, in the various chapters. Tissue typing, immunosuppression, and organ preservation

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