Fifty Years of Open Heart Surgery at the Mayo Clinic

Daly, Richard C.; Dearani, Joseph A.; McGregor, Christopher G. A.; Mullany, Charles J.; Orszulak, Thomas A.; Puga, Francisco J.; Schaff, Hartzell V.; Sundt III, Thoralf M.; Zehr, Kenton J.
May 2005
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;May2005, Vol. 80 Issue 5, p636
Academic Journal
The article discusses about medical developments in the field of heart surgery at Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota. Fifty years ago, a young surgeon, supported by a multidisciplinary team of physicians and technicians at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota embarked on a planned series of clinical cases using a heart-lung machine to allow direct visualization of the inside of the opened human heart to repair otherwise fatal intracardiac defects. Many of the initial failures in open-heart surgery resulted from incorrect preoperative diagnoses or incomplete understanding of the anatomy and path physiology of the congenital heart defects that the surgeons were attempting to correct.


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