The First Heart Transplant

The First Heart Transplant

A Graphic History

Brandon Terrell


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For centuries, people misunderstood how the heart works. As our knowledge grew, heart surgery remained a dangerous medical procedure. Even after organ transplants become common, surgeons struggled to transplant hearts and keep patients alive. But small groups of pioneering doctors attempted this difficult surgery, changing the lives of patients.

This graphic history traces their leap forward and the medical world's newest advancements in heart-health technology. Learn about innovations such as artificial hearts and 3D printed living tissue.


Brandon Terrell:
Brandon M. Terrell (1978–2021) was a talented storyteller, authoring more than one hundred books for children. He was a passionate reader, Star Wars enthusiast, amazing father, and devoted husband.