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Mary Jo Festle gives lecture at Knox College on lung transplants

History professor Mary Jo Festle gave the Burkhardt Lecture at Knox College on Jan. 13, 2011, in a talk titled, “Lung Transplantation in the U.S.: The Historical, Personal, and Political.”

Festle, an alumna of Knox College in Illinois, described how and why the difficult decisions about how to allocate donor organs changed over the 50-year history of lung transplantation in the United States.

The talk also used excerpts from oral history interviews to highlight the experiences of people waiting for a lung transplant.

Eric Townsend,
1/21/2011 9:34 AM