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April 1969

Organ Transplantation

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(4):565-567. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020567001

THE intriguing possibilities of the transplantation of a sound organ from a dying patient to replace a diseased or badly damaged part excites laymen as well as physicians. The imagination of otolaryngologists has been fired by the hope of transplanting a larynx, an outer and middle ear sound conducting system, an external nose, or an external ear. A recent meeting held in Bethesda, Md, Sept 28 and 29, 1968, under the auspices of the American College of Cardiology1 considered all aspects of organ transplantation, with conclusions that apply to the possibilities of transplantation in our own specialty.

The conference noted that transplantation of the cornea has been so successful because the cornea is a tissue that usually does not incite immunological response, and it remains viable several hours after death making its harvest and transplant relatively simple. Bone and cartilage homotransplants have been used successfully for many years, for

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