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October 31, 1959

Physiology of Cardiac Surgery: Hypothermia, Extracorporeal Circulation and Extracorporeal Cooling

JAMA. 1959;171(9):1270. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010270106025

This monograph, a brief survey of some new techniques applied in cardiac surgery, is focused primarily on selected basic physiological and biochemical problems; it also discusses some current controversies and possible areas for future investigation. The presentation, in general, is somewhat cursory, but there is an extensive and interesting section dealing with the role of combined extracorporeal cooling and circulation techniques in cardiac surgery. The style is highly personal and flavored with many quotations from Coleridge, Einstein, Shakespeare, and others. This monograph has a useful bibliography. It is valuable as an interpretative essay which discusses present problems and applications in this field from a historical perspective.

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