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Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Doctor
and Nobel Prize Winner,
Dies at 93

New York Times, by Cornelia Dean & Michael Schwirtz

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 11/27/2012 1:01:25 AM

Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who opened a new era of medicine with the first successful human organ transplant, died on Monday. He was 93 and lived in Wellesley and Edgartown, Mass. He died in Boston at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he performed his first transplant, said Tom Langford, a hospital spokesman. The cause was complications from a stroke he suffered on Thursday, Mr. Langford said. Dr. Murray’s groundbreaking surgical feat came in 1954, when he removed a healthy kidney from a 23-year-old man and implanted it in his ailing identical twin.

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A true medical pioneer.

As a side note, under 0bamacare, it´ll be interesting in the days ahead to see who and how organs are distributed. We will finally get to see the "death panels" in action, but accountable to no one.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NotaBene, 11/27/2012 2:38:54 AM     (No. 9035321)

A wonderful life in Medicine. Requiescat in pace.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: veritas, 11/27/2012 2:45:54 AM     (No. 9035324)

His achievements stand above any praise we might offer. Thank you, Doctor Murray.

FTA: After... comparing the Herricks’ fingerprints to be sure they were identical and not merely fraternal twins, Dr. Murray and his colleagues decided to go ahead [with the first kidney transplant].

See the significance of that? The best identifier of identical twins was fingerprints, not genetic analysis. That gives us a feel for the state of medicine at the time.

And without major advances in biochemistry/genetics, it would be impossible to screen for and match today´s routine transplants.

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