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couldn't go to nursery school because because he had a headache: "No, thanks. That would cure me." Pennsylvania Profiles . By United Press International Dr. JOHN H. GIBBON Some 30 years ago two young doctors watched a woman fighting a losing battle with .a heart disorder disorder and one of the physicians in desperation said "If there was , only some method or machine which would let us by-pass the j heart .and lungs to get at the I trouble." j There was no. machine or meth- j od then but that doctor, John H. j Gibbon, vowed he was going to i do something about it. ] Dr. Gibbon, a fifth generation physician immediately began in-; tensive research on the develop- j ment of a machine that would per-j mit herart surgery. ; Three years later, the Philadel-! phia physician read a paper out- i ling his theories to a convention j of the American Asssoclatlon for i Thoracic Surgery only to have one! .of the members remark "we have! "a Jules Verne among us." j The handsome doctor, aided by! his wife, the former Mary Hopkin- i son. a medical technician, worked i for some 23 years before he de- j veloped his now famous "heart-; lung" machine — which permitted • for the first time open heart i surgery. j In May, 1953, Dr. Gibbon used | hi heart-lung mpchine to perform • .the first successful open-heart op-' eration at Jefferson Hospital in | Philadelphia on an 18-year-old girl! who was not even born when the} doctor began his seemingly hope-' less quest for the machine which! would permit such surgery. j Dr. Gibbon, professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College, said the machine enables the surgeon to remove all the blood from the heart and lungs by by-passing both organs. This means the Surgeon then can open the heart. The machine was originally considered considered of value only for complicated complicated congenital disorders, Dr. Gibbon said, but the use has been greatly broadened so that it has become of increased value in the treatment of acquired heart disease. disease. I Dr. Gibbon was born in Phila- j delphia in 1903, the son of Dr. John Heysham Gibbon Sr., also a professor of surgery at Jefferson. He graduated Jefferson Medical College in 1927, did graduate work at Harvard and at the University of Pennsylvania where he served as an assistant professor of surgery surgery before comtig to Jefferson in 1946. : Dr. Gibbon was named presi- \ dent of the American Association ' for Thoracic Surgery for 1960-61 . and is 'a former president of the i American Surgical Association. He i _also received -a distinguished \ service award from the Interna- • tional Society of Surgery and was named as Honorary Fellow of the < Royal College of -Surgeons. •

Clipped from Tyrone Daily Herald16 Jun 1960, ThuPage 12

Tyrone Daily Herald (Tyrone, Pennsylvania)16 Jun 1960, ThuPage 12
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