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'shattered by the bullet. I raised it
and found bubbling blood. I section
ed the fourth and sixth rib cartilages
at the breast bone, completing the
flap of flesh and turned the flap back,
unfastening and pushing back the
pleura (membrane of the thorax) . I
applied compresses to the breach,
cleansed the operative field and dis
tinguished the wound in the pericar
dium (the membrane sac around the
.heart) from which the blood had
"I enlarged the wound to three
inches and explored the pericardiac
cavity (surrounding the heart). I
could not see the heart apex because
of a huge clot of blood.
"I removed this clot and with it
the bullet, loose in the pericardium
(membrane around the heart)'.
"Then I found a wound in the heart
itself, allowing blood to escape with
each contraction. I grasped the vio
lently beating heart with "difficulty
and sewed'up the wound as it beat in
my hands. The first stitch perforat
ed the heart wall and stopped the
hemorrhage, but blood continued to
escape along the needle and thread.
"I made three other non-perforating
stitches with a smaller needle
covering this seam with another
series of stitches. Then I stitched up
the pericardium, repaired the shat
tered breast wall and completed the
"A month after the operation, the
boy took up his work as messenger.
He shows no signs of heart trouble
beyond a slight panting when he as
cends stairs. He is now a bookkeeper."
"NOTHING SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE
TO MODERN SURGERY"
, Says Noted Chicagp Doctor.
Dr. John B. Murphy, the great
surgeon of Western America, in com
menting on Dr. Robert -Proust's re
.port to the American Surgical Asso
ciation, stated the possibilities of ac
cidental surgery on the heart were
"The story of Dr. Proust's success
ful operation on the heart of a boy is
correct in every detail," said Dr.
Murphy. "And I like the spirit shown
by The Day Book in verifying reports
of a scientific nature. It eliminates
a great many chances of error creep
ing into the news about thte accom
plishments of surgery.
"The progress of accidental sur
gery on the heart has been almost
unbelievable in the last ten years.
"Now it is possible to sew up a
cavity penetrating the wall of the
heart if the surgeon is enabled to
start work before the patient -has
lost too much blood. The arresting
of the circulation makes such an
"It would be foolish to say that sur
gery has reached its highest point in
that branch, even though it looks so
at this time. Surgery has accom
plished such wonders that nothing
HOYNE CRITICIZES STEWART
FOR DETLOFF ACTION"
The attitude of Judge Stewart in
hindering, the good work done by the
Curran Commission in trapping Al
bert Detloff, Juvenile probation offi
cer, as he tried to sell a boy into near
slavery came in for criticism yester
day by State's Attorney Hoyne.
The criticism came after Stewart
refused to hold Detloff until Frank
J. Jacobson, the investigator for the
Commission, who set the trap for the
probation officer and baited it with
25 in marked bills, was also held.
The judge continued" the case until
April 10 and insisted that a complaint
against Jacobson be also filed. This,
Hoyne announces, he will not do.
"I wilt not file a complaint against
Jacobson," said Hoyne. "It is dis
cretionary with me i in any case
whether I want to prosecute or not,
and in this case I certainly resent the
dictatorial demeanor of Judge Stew
art. He has not the power to order
me to file a complaint agaiust Jacob-'
son and I will not do so."