Design by guru design Animal Lab Research leading to the first heart transplant:            an introduction THEODORE C.A. BILLROTH (1829–1894). Viennese surgeon and early surgical pioneer sceptic of cardiac surgery. (Pic from: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery) Sir James Paget (1814-1899) (Pic from Wikipedia) References: Naef. A., P. 2003. The mid-century revolution in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery: Part 1. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery  2:219-226(2003). MCrae, D. Every Second Counts. 2006. Simon & Schuster. London Summer of 1959: Dr Shumway and Dr Lower master the technique of canine heart cross transplantation, although their dogs die after just a few hours. 23 December 1959: Dr Lower and Dr Shumway perform their first successful canine heart transplant – the dog lived for eight days before tissue rejection set in. Copyright (c) | | All rights reserved