November 1953


Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, and the Children's Medical Center.

AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(5):670-685. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040681005

DURING the last decade and a half, impressive strides have been made in surgery in the development of procedures for the cure or alleviation of various congenital abnormalities of the heart and great vessels. Within the past year it has become evident that defects of the interauricular septum should be added to the list of anomalies for which surgical attack now has much to offer. In several centers throughout the country methods have been devised, employing different techniques, whereby in human beings it is possible with a reasonable degree of safety to approach the atrial septum and to close apertures which are found therein. The technical aspects of these surgical undertakings have been recorded in detail by Bailey and his associates,1 Gross and his colleagues,2 Lewis and Taufic,3 Swan,4 and others. The present communication is a summary of observations on a group of patients who have

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