Medicine: Coronary Cleaning

If a victim of arteriosclerosis has a shutdown in an easily accessible artery (e.g., thigh or arm), surgeons can cut out the diseased section and splice in a graft, or split the artery lengthwise and scrape out the bottleneck deposit. At a Chicago medical meeting last week, specialists were speculating on what seemed only a possibility—that a similar technique could be used to scrape out the coronary arteries in case of shutdowns in the heart (coronary thrombosis or occlusion). Whereupon Philadelphia's famed Heart Surgeon Charles P. Bailey rose to report, in effect: "I have just done it."

This bold pioneering was based...

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