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2006-02-10 16:53:20

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Norman Shumway, who performed the first U.S. heart transplant, died on Friday a day after his 83rd birthday from complications related to cancer, Stanford University said. South African Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first human heart transplant in Cape Town in December 1967, but the patient lived for only 18 days. Shumway undertook the first U.S. heart transplant in a 54-year-old steelworker just a few weeks later in 1968. His...

2006-02-10 15:30:28

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Norman Shumway, who performed the first U.S. heart transplant, died on Friday a day after his 83rd birthday from complications related to cancer, Stanford University announced. South African Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first human heart transplant in Cape Town in December 1967, but the patient lived for only 18 days. Shumway undertook the first U.S. heart transplant the next year. Most early heart transplant patients did not live long, as their...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'