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heart surgery
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Instead of having to stitch an open-chest cavity closed with stainless steel wire, Dr Galloway uses a dissolvable thread to pull the tissue together, sufficient to close the minimal wound, without the tell-tale extreme scar.

(below): Working on the heart with tools through a retracted 2-inch slit in the patient's chest.

(right): The operating table is a mass of tubes carrying vital fluids to and from life-giving support machinery.

Photographs by Porter Gifford. Contact
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