oa South African Journal of Science - Chris Barnard : South Africa’s fallible king of hearts - commentary

Volume 113 Number 11-12
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



On 3 December 1967, a South African surgeon stunned the world when he performed the first human heart transplant in Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital – a dramatic story that has been told numerous times. Here, I will focus on the central character – Chris Barnard – and his rise to global celebrity status.

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