Medicine: Half-Heart Replacement

In Los Angeles, where doctors gathered for the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, much of the attention was also given to adventurous surgery. Although an entire artificial heart may be as far from medical achievement as man's dream of reaching the outer planets, Houston's daring Surgeon Michael E. DeBakey described a novel device that for three days took over a great deal of the work of one diseased heart.

Three Times & Out. The patient was a man of 42, whose aortic valve was so covered with chalky deposits that it did...

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