Medicine: Sheriff's Graft

The patient admitted to Houston's Methodist Hospital on New Year's Eve was 46, a county sheriff by occupation and a fine figure of a man. But for months he had had such severe pains in his back and belly that he had to be given opiates several times a day. Drs. Michael E. De Bakey and Denton A. Cooley found from X rays that the sheriff had a massive aneurysm of the descending aorta—an enlargement of the great artery which carries blood from the heart to the abdomi nal organs and the legs. The aneurysm, formed where the artery's walls had...

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