Experimental and Clinical Observations on the Use of Hypothermia to Prevent Ischemic Damage to the Central Nervous System
Looking for a way to repair aneurysms in the thoracic aorta without causing ischemic damage to the spinal cord, DeBakey and
his colleagues experimented with hypothermia. Denver surgeon Henry Swan had used hypothermia successfully for brief open-heart
surgeries since 1953. During the years before heart-lung bypass machines were perfected, DeBakey found that hypothermia could
prevent spinal cord damage during aneurysm surgery.
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Pontius, Robert G.
DeBakey, Michael E.
Reproduced with permission of Katrin DeBakey.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Central Nervous System
Building Baylor College of Medicine and Expanding Surgical Frontiers, 1948-1963
Hypothermia in the Surgical Treatment of Aortic Aneurysms (May 1956)