Category Archives: Heart disease-history

“Placebos are frequently of value”

The treatment of angina pectoris, generally speaking, is unsatisfactory. Any procedure that relieves mental tension is valuable. Since patients suffer particularly during the winter, I encourage winter vacations in a southern climate. I insist that obese patients lose weight, and … Continue reading

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The origins of heart catheterization: Part II

On the afternoon of October 30th, 1958, nearly 30 years after Werner Forssmann’s fumbling attempts, Dr. Mason Sones, a 5 foot 5 inch, plain-talking, cuss-every-few-words, cigarette-wielding radiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, was performing a routine angiogram of a patient’s aorta … Continue reading

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The origins of heart catheterization: Part I

The modern era of heart disease care was born from an accident, quirky personalities, and even a little daring. The notion of heart catheterization to visualize the human heart began rather ignominiously in 1929 at the Auguste-Viktoria Hospital in Eberswalde, … Continue reading

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