The History of Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Medical Advances – American College of Cardiology

To operate on the human heart safely was a dream in the early twentieth century, and the object of derision by most well-known surgeons of that era. The world-famous Theodor Billroth once exclaimed that to operate on the human heart was folly at best and ignorance at worst. The men and women who pushed further, in creating the ability to work on the heart while stopped…

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