Organ Farm

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1552
  1. Peter A Andrews, consultant nephrologist
  1. South West Thames Renal and Transplant Unit, St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, Surrey

    Organ Farm, a book accompanying the series, is published by Carlton Books at £16.99, ISBN 1 84222 249 X

    ITV, 10 June at 11 05 pm, 13 June at 11.30 pm, and 17 June at 11.15 pm

    We have come a long way from the earliest days of organ transplantation, whether renal transplantation by Murray in 1954, heart transplantation by Barnard in 1967, or more recent neural transplants for Parkinson's disease. Preservation, surgical, and immunosuppressive techniques have evolved, and both short and long-term outcomes continue to improve. Yet there is a crisis in transplantation. The unmet need grows each year, waiting lists for surgery lengthen, and patients continue to die.

    To many, a more radical approach is required. Organ Farm was a series of three one-hour documentaries examining the current status of xenotransplantation, or cross-species transplantation. As ever in such programmes, it used a number of heartrending stories to tie together the narrative, together …

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