Psychosocial Issues in Composite Tissue Allotransplantation

  • Barckley Storey
  • Allen Furr
  • Joseph C. Banis
  • Michael Cunningham
  • Dalibor Vasilic
  • Osborne Wiggins
  • Serge Martinez
  • Christopher C. Reynolds
  • Rachael R. Ashcraft
  • John H. Barker

On December 23, 1954, a team of doctors in Boston led by Dr. Joseph Murray, a plastic surgeon, transplanted a kidney into a dying, 23-year-old man in the first successful long-term transplant of a human organ. At the time, some hailed this revolutionary medical advancement as “a miracle of medicine” while others accused Dr. Murray and his team of “playing God,” saying the surgery should not have been done. Ethical debates have accompanied medical advancements throughout history and this is particularly true for transplantation medicine. In the 50 years that have passed since that first successful kidney transplant, organ transplantation has improved extensively and saved the lives of more than 400,000 people in the United States alone. Murray's work is celebrated today as one of the greatest advancements in modern medicine.


Risk Acceptance Psychosocial Issue Transplantation Medicine Composite Tissue Face Transplantation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barckley Storey
    • 1
  • Allen Furr
    • 2
  • Joseph C. Banis
    • 3
  • Michael Cunningham
    • 4
  • Dalibor Vasilic
    • 5
  • Osborne Wiggins
    • 6
  • Serge Martinez
    • 7
  • Christopher C. Reynolds
    • 1
  • Rachael R. Ashcraft
    • 1
  • John H. Barker
    • 8
  1. 1.Division of Plastic Surgery ResearchUniversity of LouisvilleLouisville
  2. 2.Department ChairUniversity of LouisvilleLouisville
  3. 3.Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of LouisvilleLouisville
  4. 4.Department of CommunicationsUniversity of LouisvilleLouisville
  5. 5.University of LouisvilleLouisville
  6. 6.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of LouisvilleLouisville
  7. 7.Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Louisville School of MedicineLouisville
  8. 8.Director, Plastic Surgery ResearchUniversity of Louisville School of MedicineLouisville

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