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Introduction – Historical Perspective

  • Georgios Katsanos
  • Vincent Donckier
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 146)

“She was of divine race, not of men, in the fore part a lion, in the hinder a serpent, and in the middle a goat, breathing forth in terrible manner the force of blazing fire….” This description by Homer of the mythical creature called Chimera is one of the first known bibliographic references supporting the idea of beings made out of several creatures joined together in a single one. The concept of combining parts of different bodies into one functioning entity is a very old one, expressed mainly in the forms of myths and incarnated via fearsome monsters (chimera), seductive legends (mermaids), luring nymphs (sirens), and many more.

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Nobel Prize Skin Graft Bibliographic Reference Small Bowel Transplantation Transplantation Tolerance 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios Katsanos
    • 1
  • Vincent Donckier
    • 1
  1. 1.Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Medicosurgical Unit of Liver TransplantationBelgium

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