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Bone Marrow Transplants

Bone marrow and stem cell transplants, revolutionary medical breakthroughs, have advanced the treatment of people whose bone marrow has been damaged or destroyed by disease, or by such treatments for disease as chemotherapy or radiation. Transplantation, a process of harvesting healthy cells from the material within the bones of a donor's body and implanting it in the body of a recipient, is directed at stimulating the production of blood and the restoration of the immune system. In practice, these special cells may be harvested from the patient as self-donor, from a close relative, or from an unrelated person. Bone marrow and stem cell transplants have been essential to the pioneering work of Minnesota medical doctors and scientists in evolving and refining procedures for successful organ transplantation.

GET STARTED WITH SECONDARY SOURCES:

  • Minnesota Medicine.
    St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Medical Association, 1918-present.
    MHS call number: R11 .M6 (in the Serials Collection).
    Note:
    This serial is indexed in MedLine, which is available at the University of Minnesota's Biomedical Library in Diehl Hall, on the Minneapolis campus.

PRIMARY RESOURCES:

  • David L. Graven Papers.
    Graven was a Minnesota lawyer active in bio-ethics.
    MHS call number: See the green Manuscripts Alpha Notebooks—filed under Graven, David L.—for a detailed list of boxes and locator numbers (there are 8 boxes and 1 oversize folder), or use an electronic version of the inventory.
  • "Pat Helmberger Video recording."
    [Minnetonka, Minn.]: Hennepin County Library, c1993.
    A videotape in which Helmberger, author of "Transplants, the Second Gift of Life," talks about transplants and why she wrote a book for families of organ transplant recipients.
    MHS call number: Videotape no. 561 (1 30-minute videocassette, in the A-V Collection).
  • Newspapers that may be useful for this topic:
    • Minneapolis Star-Tribune (an index for articles published after 1970 is located in the Hubbs Microfilm Room)
    • St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch (an index for articles published in 1967 of after is located in the Hubbs Microfilm Room)
  • Check the library catalog for other materials.