The entire production, which began within eight hours of the woman’s death, involved more than 60 surgeons, nurses and support staff.
For DeBakey, it was another milestone in a spectacular career that saw him develop a number of surgical techniques and procedures now commonly used in hospitals the world over. Among the surgeries he either pioneered or had an early hand in developing were the heart transplant, the arterial bypass and the artificial heart.
He also invented the Dacron graft, which revolutionized aneurysm repair. His work during Whttp://blog-admin.wired.com/thisdayintech/wp-admin/edit.phporld War II played a major role in the development of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or MASH, which saved countless lives by providing emergency surgery for critically wounded soldiers within a stone’s throw of the front line.
Source: Today in Science History, Department of Veterans Affairs
Photo: American heart surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey takes a break from surgery at Methodist Hospital in Houston. (Brett Coomer/AP)