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Readers respond to stories about the first successful organ transplant, family bonding via smartphone, the New England Aquarium, the winter solstice, and fire sprinklers.

HOPE LIVES ON

Congratulations to Diane Speare Triant on the very good — and interesting — article on Dr. Joseph Murray, the Brigham surgeon who performed the first successful organ transplant between Richard and Ronald Herrick in 1954 (Perspective, December 16). Thanks to the interest this article provoked in me, I followed up with some of my own research on the Internet and found out more about Dr. Murray, his family, and the Herrick twins. This is quite a story, showing the good and the bad that developers of new and controversial medical procedures go though. Thank goodness for Dr. Murray’s courage and persistence. It is amazing the number of people in the world helped by his (and others’) work and research.

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