Parisians strolling along this ordinary thoroughfare are oblivious of the surgical miracles being performed behind its walls.
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THIS IS A FILM OF AN ACTUAL OPERATION ON THE HUMAN HEART AND THEREFORE WARNING SHOULD BE GIVEN BEFORE SCREENING
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Background: Parisians strolling along this ordinary thoroughfare are oblivious of the surgical miracles being performed behind its walls. The establishment - the Centre Marie Lanelongue, Europe's leading hospital for the treatment of heart disease.
Our pictures show the surgeons operating on an infant. The wall of the chest is opened up and the heaving, pulsating heart laid bare. The heart itself is incised.
The wonder of the operation is the artificial heart, which is used to by-pass the patient's own heart while the operation is in progress. By means of tubes the blood is kept circulating through the body, while the human heart lies still for the surgeon to work on.
Seventeen persons are needed in the operating theatre for this operation, and it takes at least four hours concentrated work to complete. This was the first time that this method of stopping the heart before operating had been employed in Europe.
In the past it has generally been accepted that America alone was the country with modern surgery. Set up over five years ago by the Securite Sociale de Paris, the Centre Marie Lanelongue has enabled its medical practitioners to put into use techniques which have placed them in the forefront of world surgery.
A few years ago these children suffering from cardiac diseases would have been condemned to death. Today it is no longer a miracle, but an everyday matter.