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Christiaan Barnard
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    (November 8, 1922-September 2, 2001)
    Born in Beaufort West, South Africa
    Director of Surgical Research at the University of Cape Town
    Performed the world's first heart transplant (December 3, 1967)
    Wrote the biographies 'One Life' (1969) and 'Second Life' (1993)
    Also wrote 'Your Healthy Heart,' 'The Best Medicine' and 'Good Life, Good Death: A Doctor's Case for Euthanasia and Suicide'
    The recipient of the first transplanted heart, Louis Washkansky, lived only 18 days after the operation.
    He admitted he was first to perform a heart transplant partly because in South Africa he did not have to run the proposed operation past an ethics review board.
    He became a jet-setter and had an affair with Gina Lollobrigida.
    He was married and divorced three times.
    He was a name dropper.
    He endorsed Glycel, an 'anti-aging' cream later taken off the market by the FDA (1986).
    He downplayed his accomplishment, saying 'The heart transplant was not a scientific achievement, it was a technical achievement.'
    His longest-surviving patient, Dorothy Fisher, lived 24 years after her transplant.
    He opposed apartheid.
    He was the first doctor in South Africa to have mixed-race nurses treat white patients.
    He established the Chris Barnard Foundation to help underprivileged children.

Credit: C. Fishel

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