Change of heart

Little more than a decade ago medical history captured newspaper headlines when the first successful heart transplant was accomplished. From a surgical standpoint, it appeared to be a significant breakthrough for sufferers of major heart ailments, and the technique continues to be used, though for a very limited number of cases. The concept is simple enough: an unhealthy heart is exchanged for a healthy one.

Although the story may not splash across front pages the same way, the recognition will eventually come that there is only one way to genuinely heal heart disease. Quite true, a change of heart is required—but it is a change that has enormously deeper significance than swapping an organ of the body.

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THE AWAKENING
July 16, 1979
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