A semi-centennial report on the participants depicted in Joel Babb's portrait, 'the first successful kidney transplantation'
Department of Anesthesiology
History, 20th Century; Humans; Kidney Transplantation; *Paintings; United States
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Joseph Murray performed the first successful human kidney transplant on December 23, 1954. Forty-three years later, he along with participants Francis Moore and Leroy Vandam, commissioned a painting of the event from artist Joel Babb. To document this unique record of medical history, we identify all those present at the operation and depicted in the portrait, describe how the artist created the work, explain irregularities and inaccuracies in the painting, provide a 50-year follow-up on everyone involved, and comment on any influence this landmark event may have had on their subsequent careers.
DOI of Published Version
Desai, S. P., Desai, M. S., Wood, D. N., Maddi, R., Leeson, S. and Tilney, N. L. (2007), A Semi-Centennial Report on the Participants Depicted in Joel Babb's Portrait, ‘The First Successful Kidney Transplantation'. American Journal of Transplantation, 7: 1683–1688. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2007.01861.x. Link to article on publisher's site
American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Desai SP, Desai MS, Wood DN, Maddi R, Leeson S, Tilney NL. (2007). A semi-centennial report on the participants depicted in Joel Babb's portrait, 'the first successful kidney transplantation'. Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Publications. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-6143.2007.01861.x. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/anesthesiology_pubs/150