DR. MICHAEL E. DEBAKEY - COLLECTION WITH DENTON A. COOLEY, CHRISTIAAN BARNARD For Sale
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DR. MICHAEL E. DEBAKEY - COLLECTION WITH DENTON A. COOLEY, CHRISTIAAN BARNARD:
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Response!Take a Look at This Week's Specials!DR. MICHAEL E. DEBAKEY - COLLECTION WITH DR. DENTON A. COOLEY, CHRISTIAAN
BARNARD - HFSID 348007HEART SURGERY PIONEERS: CHRISTIAAN BARNARD, DENTON COOLEY and MICHAEL
DEBAKEY The three
surgeons signed these items, all framed together with black and white photographs and
Comprises: (1) CHRISTIAAN BARNARD. Signature: "Chris Barnard
", 4½x1½. Ink smudged at the upper portion of the "C".
Fine condition. (2) DENTON COOLEY.
Denton A. Cooley MD", 4¾x2½. Dated 3.26-78
above signature. Fine condition. (3) MICHAEL
DEBAKEY. First Day Cover signed: "Michael E De Bakey", 6¼x3½. FDC honoring the Crusade Against Cancer, 5-cent stamp affixed,
postmarked Washington, D.C., April 1,
1965, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Lightly rippled at
cachet. Fine condition. South African cardiothoracic surgeon CHRISTIAAN BARNARD (1922-
2001) performed the world's first heart
transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on December 3, 1967.
The patient, 53-year-old dentist Louis Washkansky, lived
18 days before succumbing to rejection of the new heart. After Washkansky died,
Barnard and his team persevered with their innovative surgical procedure. His
second transplant patient, Philip Blaiberg, lived for 18 months after the operation, and the
survival time of patients has increased ever since. Today, 90% of patients survive a
heart transplant operation, with an 85% chance of living for a year and a 70-75%
chance of living for five years. Barnard's
longest-surviving patient, Dirk van Zyl,
lived with an implanted heart for 23 years before dying in 1996 of diabetes unrelated
to his heart condition. Barnard, who developed new designs for artificial heart
valves earlier in his career, served as head of the cardiac unit of Groote Schuur
Hospital until his retirement from surgery in 1983. The 78-year-old Barnard died from an asthma attack on September 2,
2001. Thoracic surgeon DENTON ARTHUR COOLEY (born
in 1920), performed the first successful
heart transplant in the U.S. (1968) and was
the first surgeon to implant a total
artificial heart in a human (1969).
In 1962, he
founded the Texas Heart Institute
, of which he serves as President and Surgeon-in-Chief.
Cooley and his associates have performed more
than 100,000 open-heart surgeries, more than
any other group in the world, and Dr. Cooley has shared his expertise as the co-
author of more than 1,300 scientific articles and a dozen books. Another renowned
thoracic surgeon, MICHAEL ELLIS DeBAKEY
(born in 1908), developed the pump for the heart-lung machine in 1932, performed the first
successful coronary bypass (1953) and was the
first surgeon to successfully use an artificial
heart pump as a left ventricular assist device
in a patient (August 8, 1966 in Houston, Texas). DeBakey, who devised new
cardiovascular surgical procedures, including
developing Dacron artificial grafts for cardiac bypass surgery (1950-1953), and developed more than 50 instruments for the
improvement of patient care, also successfully
implanted a mechanical temporary heart substitute in 1967 and performed the first of his 12 heart transplants in 1968.
DeBakey, the author of The Living Heart
The Living Heart Diet (1984), is also
credited with developing the Mobile Army
Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H.) concept for the
military (1945), which saved countless lives during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
The famed surgeon and pioneer in cardiology, who celebrated his 90th birthday and 50
years with the Baylor College of Medicine and the Methodist Hospital in 1998, has
been recognized with the Presidential Medal
of Freedom (1969), National Medal of Science
(1987), Lifetime Achievement Award from the
United Nations (1999) and NASA's Commercial Invention of the Year Award (2002) for the DeBakey Ventricular Assist Device, based in
part on space shuttle technology, and was
named a "Living Legend" by the U.S. Congress in 2000. Three items. Framed in the
Gallery of History style: 37x22.
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