JAMES V. MALONEY JR., M.D.; ALFRED BLALOCK, M.D.
Until relatively recently surgery of the heart and great vessels was limited largely to the suturing of wounds, the drainage of infections, the removal of scar tissue surrounding the heart, and the wiring of aneurysms. Although the treatment of the vast majority of patients with heart disease continues to be nonoperative in nature, there has been a great increase in the volume of cardiovascular surgery in the past decade. The advances are due to the joint efforts of surgeons, cardiologists and physiologists.
The surgical therapeutic advances have emphasized the necessity for more accurate diagnosis and for a better understanding of
MALONEY JV, BLALOCK A. PROBLEMS IN CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY1. Ann Intern Med. 1954;40:1–10. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-1-1
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