Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

Michael DeBakey, 1908-2008
Adrian Kantrowitz, 1918-2008

Their trade was in matters of the heart. Kantrowitz performed the first U.S. heart transplant; DeBakey, the first coronary bypass. Kantrowitz created a device to help keep a heart pumping outside the hospital; DeBakey devised the procedure to repair torn aortas. Their combined work led to the invention of virtually entire medical fields, and the knowledge that some broken hearts can be mended.

Gilbert Cruz