Theodor Otto Forssmann

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Success is usually born from doing trails and taking risks. Only intelligent men with dreams yearn for success, grasping the tiniest rays of hope to turn their dreams to reality. Such criteria can be found in the man known as Werner Theodor Otto Forssmann. Born on August 29 1904 in Berlin Werner passed his medicine examination on 1929 (foundation, 2014). He worked under the professor Georg Klemperer (foundation, 2014). Later on Werner went to the August Victoria home in Berlin at Eberswalde to develop his clinical knowledge in the surgical field (foundation, 2014). Today he is commonly known as one of the father-founders of the catheterization technique of the heart (foundation, 2014). First, the idea of catheterization before Werner started it and after is like day and night. Before the…show more content…
At the August Victoria home, Werner inputted the catheter through a vein connected to the left cubital vein and pushed it up to about 65 cm the estimated distance that the catheter needed to reach to the right part of the heart (Forssmann, 1997). With the catheter inserted into his heart, he stood up then walked from the operating room he was in to the x-ray room to take some x-rays while moving the catheter with the help of a professional nurse (Forssmann, 1997). The nurse held the mirror in front of Werner giving him an anterior view of his body so that he could observe and watch closely the position of the catheter in his body and take x-rays when the tip of the catheter entered the right atrium of his own heart (Forssmann, 1997). The reason why he didn’t extend the catheter further into his heart and onto the right ventricle was due to the length of the catheter not being long enough (Forssmann, 1997). In short, the process of verifying the possibility of using a catheter for heart problems was proved by inserting the catheter into Werner’s own

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