Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Coronary artery bypass surgery

  • Rene Favaloro—Father of cardiac bypass surgery

    Arpan K. BanerjeeSolihull, England Over the last century, there have been many important contributions to medicine made by Argentinians. Of these Rene Geronimo Favaloro’s must surely be of the greatest, and his work on cardiac bypass surgery has saved countless of lives. Born of Sicilian ancestry on July 12, 1923, in La Plata, Argentina, Favaloro…

  • Coronary moments: Reflections on the impossible anastomosis

    Jason J. HanPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA The arteries of the heart are called coronary arteries, meaning “of a crown.” Like a crown, they course around and adorn the walls of the heart, keeping it alive with vital nutrients and oxygen.  When these arteries are blocked, the heart starves, causing crushing chest pain and robbing people of…