100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Heart Surgery Breakthrough In France

Many surgeons firmly believe that operate on either the heart, lungs or the brain is a death sentence. Theordore Tuffier is a French clinical surgeon who is always involved with experimentation that expands the field of pneumo-thoracic surgery. In 1891 he performed the first ever pulmonary resection for tuberculosis. In 1896 he was one of the first to try artificial respiration using intratracheal intubation. He has repetitively attempted operations on the cardiac valves performed with caval occlusion.

On July 13, 1912 Tuffier performed the first successful surgery for aortic stenosis on a human patient using his finger to invaginate the anterior aortic wall through the valve orifice. Tuffier performed the first successful closed heart surgery.

Dr. Theodore Tuffier

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