Demikhov's heart transplant, 1962

Demikhov's heart transplant, 1962

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Caption: Demikhov's heart transplant. Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov (right, 1916-1998) was a Soviet surgeon who was famous for his pioneering transplant surgery. His most famous experiments were his head transplants on dogs. His first dog head transplants were performed in 1954. Here, he is transplanting a dog's heart. He is lifting the donor heart out of its container (lower centre). Photographed in Moscow, Russia, in September 1962.

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