Medicine: Love, Science & the Heart

The wiry little Tarascan growing up in the mountains of Guerrero in Southwestern Mexico wanted nothing so much as to be a writer and historian. Though he seemed to be drifting when he entered medical school, it was there that he found his life work: "Heart study was my passion." Last week, celebrating the tenth anniversary of his Institute of Cardiology in Mexico City, Dr. Ignacio Chávez, 57, ducked his head modestly as topflight cardiologists from Latin America, the U.S. and Europe blew him compliments.

One member of the audience called Chávez' institute "the...

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