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March 27, 1978

Harvey's Legacy

Author Affiliations

Abbott-Northwestern Hospital Minneapolis

JAMA. 1978;239(13):1316-1317. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280400056022

If Harvey were to visit us today, how could we entertain him? What would excite him the most? As we led him through a hospital, headed toward the angiographic laboratory, we might stop transiently to see an arteriovenous shunt created in a person to facilitate renal dialysis, then observe a dialysis procedure with blood from an artery being returned to a vein. Further along in the hospital complex, we might look through the dome of an operating room wherein a cardiopulmonary bypass procedure was under way. He would be predictably awestruck by the descriptions of the complex operations currently being accomplished for congenital heart disease, such as reorientation of flow within the chambers and the construction of new conduits from the ventricles to the great vessels. Later we could pass by a laboratory where a student was studying the capillary circulation in a plastic chamber in a rabbit's ear. Finally