n South African Medical Journal - Transplantation of the heart : an overview of 40 years' clinical and research experience at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town - Part II. Laboratory research experience : forum - history of medicine




Extensive experimental research on various aspects of heart transplantation was undertaken during the first 2 decades. An overview of this work is presented, and some still unpublished work has been included. Experimental laboratory investigation was an integral activity of the cardiac transplantation programme at the University of Cape Town over these years, and has remained so ever since. These studies provided invaluable fundamental information upon which future clinical work was based. It is therefore necessary to briefly mention and discuss this information, most of which has been published in detail by the various investigators concerned.


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