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December 1972

A History of Arterial Surgery

Author Affiliations

Rochester, NY
From the Department of Surgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; and Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(6):821-823. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180120008003

We do not know when arterial surgery began, but it developed slowly during many centuries.1,2 The pace gradually increased from about 1900 to 1945 and then accelerated dramatically for the next 25 years from the end of World War II to the present day. But when these developments are reviewed, one is made aware that only two genuinely new ideas have been introduced into arterial surgery since 1945, and in each case the idea was produced by a resident and not by a chairman, a professor, or an established surgeon. More about this later. Most of the ideas that led to the advances of this present golden era of arterial surgery were conceived in the experimental laboratory or clinical practice during the years preceding World War I. It is strange to report that a concept such as the use of vein grafts to restore arterial flow was introduced into

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