Organ transplant pioneer was first a plastic surgeon

11/27/2012 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Nobel laureate Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who in 1954 conducted the world's first successful human organ transplant, spent three years at Valley Forge General Hospital treating facial and hand wounds of World War II soldiers. Murray also worked at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, where his work on skin grafts led to research on immune system response that would clear the way for organ transplants. Murray died Monday at age 93.

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