The unlocking of the coronary arteries: origins of angioplasty. A short historical review of arterial dilatation from Dotter to the creative Gruentzig.

@article{Berry2009TheUO,
  title={The unlocking of the coronary arteries: origins of angioplasty. A short historical review of arterial dilatation from Dotter to the creative Gruentzig.},
  author={Diana J. Berry},
  journal={European heart journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={30 12},
  pages={1421-2}
}
From 1969 to 1970 Gruentzig spent time as a guest Fellow in the radiology department of the Aggertalclinic in Engelskirchen, Germany. It was there that the Head of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard Zeitler introduced Gruentzig to what was then known as the ‘Dotter technique’ so-named after its innovator Charles Theodore Dotter (1920–1985) a vascular radiologist. When operating in 1963 on a patient with renal artery stenosis, Dotter unintentionally recanalized an occluded right iliac artery. This… CONTINUE READING

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