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Werner Forssmann

  Werner Forßmann, (August 29, 1904 – June 1, 1979) was a physician from Eberswalde, Germany. He is credited with the first catheterization of a human heart. In 1929, he made an incision into his arm and fed a urinary catheter into the right atrium of his own heart.[1] He then walked down a flight of stairs to the radiology department, where he had an X-ray taken showing the catheter in his heart.[1] Although he was fired from the hospital for this, he received his Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1956 for his pioneering feat into cardiological studies.

Forßmann was born in Berlin. He studied medicine at the University of Berlin, graduating in 1929.

See also

  • Andreas Gruentzig


  1. ^ a b Sanghavi, Darshak (2007-05-08). Plumber's Butt? The right and wrong way to think about heart attacks. Slate.
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