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Pioneering French oncologist Mathe dies at 88

Pioneering French oncologist Mathe dies at 88

The French president's office says oncologist Georges Mathe, who in 1959 performed the world's first bone marrow transplant, has died. He was 88.
In a statement Monday, President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Mathe died on Friday, but did not provide any additional details.
"His contribution to the progress of oncology remains major," the statement said. "In 1959, he performed the first bone marrow transplants on six Yugoslav physicians who had been accidentally irradiated at a nuclear power plant. Four of them survived."
Mathe founded a specialized cancer center in the Paris suburb of Villejuif in the early 1960s and ran its blood disease unit until 1990, the statement said.


Updated : 2021-10-18 08:37 GMT+08:00