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To the Editor:—
In the Correspondence column of The Journal, Sept. 7, 1935, is a communication from Dr. Charles H. Garvin of Cleveland calling attention to the fact that on July 9, 1893, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Negro surgeon of the Provident Hospital in Chicago, performed a successful surgical exploration of the heart for a stab wound. Dr. Williams later recorded his case in the New York Medical Record (51:437 [March 27] 1897) under the title "Stab Wound of Heart and Pericardium." Dr. Garvin was stimulated to write this article after reading a report by Drs. George Benet and Charles Spivey in the June 1 issue of The Journal because these physicians stated that "the first recorded attempt to suture a stab wound of the heart was made by Cappelen in 1895."Dr. Garvin has further stated in the leading editorial of the November 1935 issue of the Journal
Cutler EC. FIRST SURGICAL OPERATION ON THE HEART. JAMA. 1936;106(9):725–726. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770090061026