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Surgery of the Soul: Reflections on a Curious Career

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:795
  1. Sanjay A Pai, consultant pathologist
  1. Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, India

    Joseph E Murray

    Science History Publications/USA, $35, pp 255

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    Surgery of the Soul is a most unusual book by a most unusual surgeon. Joseph Murray is one of only four surgeons to have received the highest honour in science—the Nobel prize (in 1990). This was for his contributions to the field of transplantation. In 1954, Murray performed the first kidney transplant in a human being. Later, he concentrated on developing cosmetic plastic surgery (“my true surgical identity”) into …

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