The First Transplant Surgeon: The Flawed Genius of Nobel Prize Winner, Alexis Carrel by David Hamilton

The First Transplant Surgeon: The Flawed Genius of Nobel Prize Winner, Alexis Carrel

byDavid Hamilton

Kobo ebook | September 14, 2016

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This is a new account, of how, in the early 1900s, the French-born surgeon Alexis Carrel (1873–1944) set the groundwork for the later success in human organ transplantation, and gained America's first Nobel Prize in 1912. His other contributions were the first operations on the heart, and the first cell culture methods. He was prominent in military surgery in WW1, and in the 1930s, gained further fame when collaborating with the aviator Charles Lindbergh on an organ perfusion pump.

But controversy followed his every move, including concerns over scientific misconduct, notably his claim to have obtained "immortal" heart cells, now shown to be fraudulent. In 1934, he authored a best-selling book Man, the Unknown based on his strongly-held conservative, spiritual, political and eugenic views, adding a belief in faith healing and parapsychology. He settled in Paris in WW2 under the German occupation, believing that the conditions would allow him to refashion the degenerate Western civilization. His extremist views re-emerged in the 1990s when they proved interesting to right-wing politicians, and in a bizarre twist, jihadist Islamists now laud his criticisms of the West.


  • Lyon Days
  • New Life in North America
  • Early Years at the Institute
  • Carrel Established
  • The Birth of Tissue Culture
  • The Nobel Prize
  • Heart and Blood Vessel Surgery
  • War in France
  • The Demonstration Hospital
  • Early 1920s Research
  • Life in the 1920s
  • Confidence Gone
  • His Book — Man, the Unknown
  • The Organ Pump
  • Wider Involvement
  • Retirement Nears
  • To France and Back
  • Back to France
  • Aftermath

Readership: General public, transplant surgeons, vascular surgeons, historians.
Key Features:

  • No rival titles
  • New assessment of famous Nobelist
  • Surgical contributions greater than supposed
  • Uncovering of new scientific misconduct
  • Fascist and eugenic leanings
  • A 'flawed genius' verdict
  • Admiration of him by Islamic ideologues
Title:The First Transplant Surgeon: The Flawed Genius of Nobel Prize Winner, Alexis CarrelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 14, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:981469939X

ISBN - 13:9789814699396

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