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Barnard, Christiaan (1922-2001) One Life. Part I. The Great Karoo

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.029 Author/Creator: Barnard, Christiaan (1922-2001) Place Written: South Africa Type: Typed document signed Date: circa 1960 Pagination: 1 p. 21.8 x 21.7 cm

Barnard recounts an anecdote from his childhood about the first time he doubted God's ability to handle all of mankind's imperfections. He describes assisting his mother play the organ during church and the minister's sermon on sin.

Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon, famous for performing the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant.

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