Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: xenotransplantation

  • Xenotransplantation on Mount Kalilash

    Devanshi Patel Rajkot, Gujarat, India   Statue of Lord Ganesh during Ganesh Chaturthi. Photo by Mohnish Landge on Unsplash. According to Hindu mythology, Mount Kalilash in the Himalayas is the abode of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati, along with their children Kartikeya and Ganesh.1 The latter son is the elephant-headed god of beginnings, intellectuals,…

  • Xenotransplantation—giving animal organs to humans

    Dr. Alexis Carrel. Photo originally published by Bain News Service, June 1922. From Flickr Commons project and The Evening World via the Library of Congress George Grantham Bain Collection. Via Wikimedia. No known restrictions on publication.  In the early 1990s a distinguished scientist predicted that within twenty years thousands of lives would be saved by…

  • Xenotransfusion: blood from animals to humans

      Jean Baptiste Denys. Via Wikimedia. The idea of infusing the blood of animals into humans was first proposed in 1658 by the French monk Dom Robert des Gabets soon after William Harvey’s discovery of the circulation of the blood. Experiments consisting of transfusing blood from one species to another followed. In 1665 in Oxford…