Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Barnard

South African surgeon who in 1969 made the world's first heart transplant surgery
Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is.More Christiaan Barnard quotes [10/11/2011 09:10:37]
It is infinitely better to transplant a heart than to bury it to be devoured by worms.More Christiaan Barnard quotes [10/11/2011 09:10:28]
For a dying man it is not a difficult decision [to agree to become the world's first heart transplant] ... because he knows he is at the end. If a lion chases you to the bank of a river filled with crocodiles, you will leap into the water convinced you have a chance to swim to the other side. But you would not accept such odds if there were no lion.More Christiaan Barnard quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on mMore Christiaan Barnard quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. As fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it.More Christiaan Barnard quotes [10/11/2011 09:10:14]

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