Medicine: The Last Field

For the last 15 years, Dr. John H. Gibbon Jr. has been trying to make a machine which will take over the work of the human heart and lungs during operations. Last week, to speed fulfillment of this surgeons' dream, the National Heart Institute of the U.S. Public Health Service announced that (among more than $8,000,000 in grants) it was allotting $26,827 to Dr. Gibbon and Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College.

A surgeon and the son of a surgeon, Gibbon believes that there ought to be a way to relieve the heart of work during an operation on it. Not only would such...

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