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By Roy Calne

In the earlier few years the transplantation of organs in guy has acquired exposure remarkable in scientific heritage. the 1st center grafts have been lined via press, radio, and tv on a scal~ equiva­ lent to the scoop of the outbreak of a huge warfare. Unwarranted and indulgent optimism has been by means of sour feedback. This has undermined public self assurance within the clinical occupation and heavily impeded development in an enormous endeavour geared toward lowering human soreness. This unlucky scenario has arisen from common lack of knowledge among the general public and the scientific career of the historical past, current achievements, and destiny strength of organ grafting. brief statements via specialists, often misquoted or lower brief by means of tv interviewers, and misinformed derogatory pronouncements via prejudiced medically certified males, with out wisdom of the sector, have produced a sorry country of bewilderment. it's the objective of this ebook to try to explain organ transplantation. the foundations of organ transplantation are universal to all organs yet i'm going to confine many of the dialogue to transplantation of 4 very important organs, particularly the kidney, liver, center, and lung. ROY CALNE Cambridge January 1970 CONTENTS Preface IX record of Illustrations Xlll Acknowledgements XVll I. the assumption I II. THE surgical procedure 7 III. REJECTION 15 IV. PREVENTION OF REJECTION 23 v. TISSUEMATCHING 39 VI. ORGAN maintenance forty seven VII. compatible DONORS fifty three VIII. ORGAN TRANSPLANTS fifty seven IX. ETHICS AND THE legislation eighty one X.

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24. Diagram of the methods used to produce anti-lymphocyte serum (ALS) and anti-lymphocyte globulin (ALG). Human lymphocytes are ~ected into a horse which becomes immune to the human lymphocytes by producing antibodies in the serum. This serum is called anti-lymphocyte serum and is used as an immunosuppressive agent, being injected into patients with organ grafts. The anti-lymphocyte serum interferes with the immune response by damaging lymphocytes. Most of the activity of anti-lymphocyte serum is to be found in the purer and less toxic protein component called anti-lymphocyte globulin.

The successful application of blood transfusion to medicine and surgery has saved countless lives, which are ample testimony to the importance of blood grouping. If a mistake is made and incompatible blood is transfused, dangerous reactions and even death may result due to destruction of the transfused red cells in the circulation. 'Typing' sera containing antibodies to the main A and B blood groups are readily available. Red blood cells from the individual whose blood is being grouped are mixed separately with anti-A and anti-B sera.

What should be the policy for those under 2 I years and volunteer donors who are not blood relations? I would be most reluctant to take a kidney for transplantation from a child, but exactly at what age to draw the line would depend on the degree of understanding of the individual. For example, a normal I 8-year-old identical twin could be an acceptable donor since the emotional ties of identical twins are so close and the anticipated result of the transplant is excellent. On the other hand, I would not consider a child donor of 10 years as suitable even if the potential recipient was his mother or a brother or sister, since full comprehension of the situation is not possible at ro years.

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