The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 13, 1968 · Page 21
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 21

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Before we had the knowledge to understand how to prevent it develop a vaccine against It we had to treat it and so we were working on various prosthetic devices to treat the complications of paralysis from polio. "Well, we finally now have a means of preventing It, so we don' t use these other approaches . . , This is true in all fields of medicine. We must deal with the clinical problems we have today because the patient who is ill today needs help. "At present, In certain forms ot heart disease for which there's absolutely nothing else that can be done . , , the transplantation offers the best hope. Now then you ask me: How long does that offer him hope? Well, that's hard to say because here again we're limited by the knowledge we have. Certainly, rejection Is still the most Important problem to deal with In the cardiac transplantation field, but at least It offers some hope. 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