MN90: Opening the Era of Open Heart Surgery

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MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds

For most of history, the human heart was off limits to medicine. The first closed heart surgery began in the 1940’s. In the 1950’s, a pair of physicians who worked in mobile surgical units of World War II discovered that open heart surgery could be an option. Producer Allison Herrera tells us about the first open heart surgery performed in