Michigan Eye-Bank

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The first successful cornea transplant was performed in Austria in 1905, decades before the invention of specialized equipment, tissue storage media and procedures that are today considered indispensable elements in the provision of transplantable eye tissue.Across the ocean and a little more than a decade later, John Woodworth Henderson was born in Iowa. During his childhood, his family moved to South Dakota, then to California, where he graduated from high school in 1932. Shortly after the outset of World War II, Henderson graduated from Northwestern University's medical school, got married and began his internship at University of Michigan Hospital.

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