EUGENE D. ROBIN, M.D.; CARROLL E. CROSS, M.D.
Many forms of lung disease are associated with irreversible anatomical changes. Medical therapy may palliate or decrease the rate of progression; it is seldom curative. It is not surprising that the possibility of pulmonary transplant as a therapeutic measure has been considered by many physicians. This editorial will consider, like the three ghosts in Dickens' "Christmas Carol" (1), Transplant Past, Transplant Present, and Transplant Future, reviewing the history of lung transplantation, outlining the present state of knowledge, and attempting to outline future prospects. Since this is an editorial rather than a review, the treatment will not be exhaustive and the
ROBIN ED, CROSS CE. Lung Transplantation—Past, Present, and Future. Ann Intern Med. 1966;65:1138–1147. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-65-5-1138
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