"Spare Parts for Humans"
by Robert F. Kimbroufth, M.D.
November 6, 1964
As a new member of the Quest Club, I was rather dumbfounded when I received the card concerning the program for
the coming year. It was not so much that I was on the list to
give a paper which I naturally expected, but I was rather taken
back by the fact that I was asked to suggest a topic and even
given the opportunity of presenting that topic myself. In my
consideration of this matter, I felt that the subject should
be in the form of a true "quest" either into the unknown or
The subject of spare parts for humans is one that until
recently even in medical circles might very well have heen considered to be beyond the realm of possibility, but truly we are
all living in an unparalleled era of technological and scientific
advancement. Mankind of all of the inhabitants of the earth
has been given the ability to control his environment and even
now is egotistically and impatiently pounding on the doors of
knowledge labelled "life and death".
During my f0rmai education, embryology was without a doubt
the most fascinating subject that I ever studied. The fact that
two half cells could join together to make one complete cell
and from this would develop the millions and even billions of
cells and collections of cells into tissues and organs that make
up a human and living body was unbelievable. Fancy scientific
names such as determiners, enzyme systems, and so forth were
advanced to try and explain how all of this could come about,
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