by Brooke Fox
The Waring Historical Library and MUSC Archives announces the opening
of a new Web exhibit titled, “Overcoming the Rejection Factor: MUSC’s
First Organ Transplant.” The exhibit opened Dec. 3 and can be viewed at
Forty years ago, on Dec. 3, 1968, the Medical College of South Carolina
(now MUSC) performed the first major organ transplant in its history
and the first in South Carolina. The kidney transplant was
performed by a team of doctors who, in the years and months preceding
the operation, developed an innovative procedure that addressed the
body’s acceptance or rejection of foreign matter. The online exhibit
tells the story of this extraordinary event through oral history
interviews and archival records.
As part of the celebration of this anniversary, staff of the MUSC
University Archives, a subunit of the Waring Historical Library,
collected oral history interviews from the surviving members of the
surgical team as well as from family members of the kidney recipient
and donor. Drawing heavily from these collected interviews as well as
the records of the MUSC University Archives, this exhibit documents the
pre-operative research, the surgery, and evolution of the transplant
program at MUSC. We hope that online visitors will come away with an
appreciation of the significance of the operation and of the many
contributions made by physicians, researchers, nurses, lab technicians,
and support staff.
In addition to this online exhibit, there will be a celebration of the
anniversary on Jan. 29, 2009 at MUSC. This celebration will include a
roundtable discussion with the surviving surgical team members and
This exhibit and celebration is a collaborative project of the Waring
Historical Library, the MUSC Department of Surgery, the MUSC Transplant
Center, and the Charleston County Medi-cal Society.
For more information about the Web exhibit or the commemorative event in January, e-mail email@example.com.
To view other Web exhibits presented by the Waring Historical Library, visit http://waring.library.musc.edu/page.php?id=992.
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008