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  • Published: 14 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9781623545390
  • Imprint: Charlesbridge Adult
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $42.99

Borrowing Life

How Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality



Against a global backdrop of wartime suffering and postwar hope, Borrowing Life gathers the personal histories of the men and women behind the team that enabled and performed the modern medical miracle of the world's first successful organ transplant.

Performed at Boston's Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1954, the first successful kidney transplant was the culmination of years of grit, compassion, and the pursuit of excellence by a remarkable medical team--Nobel Prize-winning surgeon Joseph Murray, his boss and fellow surgeon Francis Moore, and British scientist and fellow Nobel laureate Peter Medawar. Drawing on the lives of these members of the Greatest Generation, Borrowing Life creates a compelling narrative that begins in wartime and tracks decades of the ups and downs, personal and professional, of these inspiring men and their achievements, which continue to benefit humankind in so many ways.

  • Published: 14 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9781623545390
  • Imprint: Charlesbridge Adult
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $42.99

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