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ISSN: Print -2349-0977, Online - 2349-4387
CHRONICLES OF MEDICINE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144-149

Tissue and organ transplantation: Myths, miracles, and triumphs


1 Department of Surgery, Safdarjung Hospital and Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Safdarjung Hospital and Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Prof. Avneet Singh Chawla
Department of Surgery, Safdarjung Hospital and Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi - 110 029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2349-0977.137857

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Notwithstanding the unfulfilled quest for immortality, man's endeavor to outdo organ failure and prolong life has been a journey bejeweled with hues of ingenuity. This exciting odyssey has been marked with chimerical events and miracles in the olden times, and, in the more recent, by triumphs of technical and cognitive advances in organ preservation, surgical skill, immunology, management of infectious diseases, and multidisciplinary innovative approaches, which have collated to fructify the realm of tissue and organ transplantation. The remarkable evolution-colored with serendipitous discoveries, tragic accidents, abandoned paths, and incidents that have produced ethical and legal predicaments-stems from a confluence of cultural, legal, and political acceptance of the need to facilitate organ donation, procurement, and allocation. This serial narrative, punctuated with historic pictures, captures some of the major milestones in the saga of transplant medicine.


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