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Zhong Wei Chen

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1019

Innovative microsurgeon who performed the world's first reported hand replant

Zhong Wei Chen, an internationally famous microsurgeon, published the world's first hand reattachment in 1963; 41 years later the patient is still alive and working, his hand functioning well.

Chen's doctor father was the president of a hospital and his mother a pharmacist. In 1948 he entered the French-funded Shanghai Second Medical College, where he did 10 times more cadaver dissections than the other students. His interest in surgery grew from this. He started postgraduate training in 1954 under Professor Yan Qing Ye, one of the founders of modern Chinese orthopaedics, at Shanghai Lister Hospital. On completion of his training he moved to the Shanghai Sixth People's Hospital, a national trauma centre, where he rapidly shone. Seven years after qualifying he performed the replantation that made him famous, publishing it in theChinese Medical Journal (1963;82: 632). An American surgeon, Ronald Malt, …

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