A history of orthotopic heart transplantation

Trip J. Meine, Stuart D. Russell

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Abstract

Orthotopic human heart transplantation today is performed at more than 150 U.S. centers, and the average survival is more than 10 years. Its prevalence and success, however, belies the fact that just 40 years ago, no one had ever attempted the procedure in humans and that the procedure seemed destined for failure just a year after the first transplant. This article reviews the history of orthotopic heart transplantation, beginning with ancient Greek legends and culminating in modern successes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-196
Number of pages7
JournalCardiology in Review
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

Keywords

  • Cardiac surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Heart transplantation
  • History of medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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