The Michigan Heart: The World's First Successful Open Heart Operation? Part I

  title={The Michigan Heart: The World's First Successful Open Heart Operation? Part I},
  author={Larry W. Stephenson and Agustin Arbulu and Joseph S Bassett and Allen Silbergleit and Calvin H Hughes},
  journal={Journal of Cardiac Surgery},
In 1952, a machine built by General Motors in Detroit made medical history. Dr. Forest Dewey Dodrill used it to perform the world's first successful open heart operation. The news media and others referred to this mechanical device as the Michigan Heart, because it was built and used in the state of Michigan and because the project was partially funded by the Michigan Heart Association. There have been a number of books and many articles written about other open heart surgery pioneers such as… Expand

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