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The bizarre history of medical transplants


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Dr Craddock, who is an honorary senior research associate at UCL's division of surgery and a visiting lecturer at Imperial College London, says the history of transplant surgery stretches back millennia.

He points to an Indian medical text called the Sushruta Samhita from the 6th century BCE as having the earliest reference to a rudimentary transplant operation.

In addition to describing 1,120 illnesses and 700 medicinal plants, the text details several methods of skin grafts — or transplanting a piece of skin from one part of a person's body to another.


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