Nineteenth century Scottish surgeon William Macewen performed, in 1879, the first inter-human living donor transplantation in medical history. It was a bone allograft performed on a 3-year-old boy affected by a huge humeral bone loss. This paper analyses the historical context around Macewen, briefly introducing his life and the discoveries made by Lister and by the pioneers of anaesthesia. It focuses on the details of the bone allograft procedure invented by Macewen. He was both a basic researcher and a skilled surgeon, a combination that is rare nowadays. The paper includes a description of the surgical procedure and is also enriched by the reproduction of the original image used by Macewen in his 1881 article to explain the clinical evolution. William Macewen was one of the greatest pioneers in musculoskeletal medicine whose brilliant intuition led to the origin and development of bone grafting, one of the most common orthopaedic procedures in the world today.V.

An orthopaedic conquest: the first inter-human tissue transplantation / B. D. Matteo;V. Tarabella;G. Filardo;P. Tomba;A. Viganò;M. Marcacci. - In: KNEE SURGERY, SPORTS TRAUMATOLOGY, ARTHROSCOPY. - ISSN 0942-2056. - STAMPA. - 22:(2014), pp. 2585-2590. [10.1007/s00167-013-2669-7]

An orthopaedic conquest: the first inter-human tissue transplantation.

FILARDO, GIUSEPPE;MARCACCI, MAURILIO
2014

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Nineteenth century Scottish surgeon William Macewen performed, in 1879, the first inter-human living donor transplantation in medical history. It was a bone allograft performed on a 3-year-old boy affected by a huge humeral bone loss. This paper analyses the historical context around Macewen, briefly introducing his life and the discoveries made by Lister and by the pioneers of anaesthesia. It focuses on the details of the bone allograft procedure invented by Macewen. He was both a basic researcher and a skilled surgeon, a combination that is rare nowadays. The paper includes a description of the surgical procedure and is also enriched by the reproduction of the original image used by Macewen in his 1881 article to explain the clinical evolution. William Macewen was one of the greatest pioneers in musculoskeletal medicine whose brilliant intuition led to the origin and development of bone grafting, one of the most common orthopaedic procedures in the world today.V.
2014
An orthopaedic conquest: the first inter-human tissue transplantation / B. D. Matteo;V. Tarabella;G. Filardo;P. Tomba;A. Viganò;M. Marcacci. - In: KNEE SURGERY, SPORTS TRAUMATOLOGY, ARTHROSCOPY. - ISSN 0942-2056. - STAMPA. - 22:(2014), pp. 2585-2590. [10.1007/s00167-013-2669-7]
B. D. Matteo;V. Tarabella;G. Filardo;P. Tomba;A. Viganò;M. Marcacci
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