Medicine: Spring in the Heart

The 44-year-old housewife in the emergency room of St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse was in deep shock from massive internal bleeding. The problem: to find its source as fast as possible. Italian-born Dr. Goffredo G. Gensini buttonholed a visitor, Radiologist Charles Dotter from the University of Oregon. Dr. Dotter sterilized the G string of a guitar, punctured the main artery in the woman's thigh. then—watching the steel's progress under the fluoroscope—worked it up into the aorta, the body's main artery. When it was close to the heart, he slipped a thin polyethylene tube...

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