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2009 Denton A. Cooley Lectureship in Cardiovascular Surgery

The Surgical Knife
John L. Ochsner, MD

Date of Online Release: June 3, 2010
Date of Original Presentation: June 5, 2009
Credits: N/A


This presentation by Dr. John L. Ochsner gives an historical overview of the development of the surgical knife from ancient times, when the knife was one of the first tools, to the modern surgical scalpel with electronic, thermal, and laser capabilities.

About the Cooley Lectureship

Dr. Denton A. Cooley, surgeon-in-chief, founder and president-emeritus of Texas Heart Institute, has contributed immensely to the field of cardiovascular surgery for children and adults, both in the United States and abroad. To celebrate his legacy, the Denton A. Cooley Lectureship in Cardiovascular Surgery was established to bring the world's finest visiting professors to teach future generations of cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons in keeping with the example established by Dr. Cooley. The lectures occur annually at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.



Dr. John Ochsner 


John Ochsner, MD     
Ochsner Clinic Foundation  
New Orleans, Louisiana


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Additional Resource
Read "Surgical Knife," by John Ochsner, MD, published in the Texas Heart Institute Journal, 2009. (PDF)


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