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Heart-lung Bypass. Principles and Techniques of Extracorporeal Circulation.

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By GALLETTI PIERRE M.. , M.D., PH.D., and BRECHER GERHARD A.. , M.D., PH.D. 391 pages; 26 X 18 cm. Grune & Stratton, Inc., New York: , 1962.. Price, $14.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(4):747. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-4-747_1
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Galletti and Bucher's monograph deals solely with the technicologic and physiologic aspects of extracorporeal circulation, and does not consider diagnosis, operative technique, patient care, and the other clinical features of open cardiotomy. Perhaps the best chapters are those on materials used in heart-lung bypass and on oxygenators and pumps.

In Chapter I, under historical milestones, the authors incorrectly imply that the first successful clinical application of perfusion techniques for open heart surgery occurred in 1955, though it is well known that the first successful open cardiotomy with complete bypass of the heart and lungs was performed by Gibbon in 1953.


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