Human Lung


Human lung encased in plastic donated by James D. Hardy (1918-2003), professor of surgery at University of Mississippi Medical School. Dr. Hardy performed the first human lung transplant, in 1963. He also attempted the first modern heart transplant when he transplanted the heart of a chimpanzee into Boyd Rush, a comatose and dying patient, on January 24, 1964.

Ref: James D. Hardy, The World of Surgery 1945–1985: Memoirs of One Participant (1986).

“James D. Hardy, 84, Dies; Paved the Way for Heart Transplants,” New York Times (Feb. 21, 2003), p. C11.

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1983.0657.01Accession Number: 1983.0657Catalog Number: 1983.0657.01

Object Name: lung, human, encased in plastic

Measurements: overall: 6 1/2 in x 9 in x 2 3/4 in; 16.51 cm x 22.86 cm x 6.985 cm


Record Id: nmah_1413347

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