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The man with the golden hands.

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The first in a four-part series on the history of transplant surgery, setting out the controversies and ethical problems that arose from it, examining the personalities and rivalries involved in its development, and transplant surgeons' hopes for the next century. This part features the first successful heart transplant carried out by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in 1967 on Louis Washansky, who survived 19 days after surgery; the effect of subsequent publicity on Dr. Barnard's life and work; the surge of transplant operations worldwide, the failures, the controversy arising from this surgical advance and how it affected the image of the surgeon; the late 1960s reduction in transplant surgery.


US : BBC TV and WNET/Thirteen, 1996.

Physical description

1 DVD (50 min.) : sound, color, PAL.

Creator/production credits

Barraclough Carey

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  • English

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