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Dr Barnard and the first heart-transplant patient

Posted in Famous news stories, Historical articles, History, Medicine, News, Science on Friday, 20 November 2015

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Dr Barnard, the South African cardiac surgeon, and the first heart-transplant patient, Louis Washkansky, made news headlines after the success of the pioneering operation in December 1967. The era’s taste for glamour and fame added to Christiaan Barnard’s international celebrity, despite Washansky’s death from pneumonia 18 days later.

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Dr Christiaan Barnard

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