Aortic Prosthesis Display

Aortic Prosthesis Display

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Description (Brief)
This blue cardboard display of 3, Gerbode-Seager tri-leaflet valves has a yellow label with black print which reads "EARLY AORTIC PROSTHESES". Handwritten beneath it reads "HISTORY ON BACK". The valves are attached to the board with sewing string. From left to right: Silastic Cusps re-enforced with Dacron Mesh, Gold-coated cusps, and Silastic cusps. On the back is handwritten information about the valve and the doctor who used them.
"used by Dr. Frank Gerbode / in San Francisco / Dr. O'Brien (?) worked with Dr. Gerbode / at his --- in 1963 / on this valve. / Gold plated / thromboemboli occurred / + valve had to be / clinically ceased."
Another label reads, "Approx 20 used at Presbyterian Med. Center San Francisco. Most had trhombo-embolytic complications. There are two pin holes on either side of the display indicating at one time it hung for viewing.
Dr. Frank Gerbode (1907-1984) a native Californian took his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and received his medical degree from Stanford Medical School. He founded the Medical Research Institute and Heart Research Institute at Presbyterian Hospital-Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. He performed the first successful open heart surgery on the west coast in 1954 at what was then Presbyterian Hospital. He was the head of the Heart Research division at the Research Institute until his death in 1984. See also Gerbode's Modified Buford Rib Spreader accession 1994.0365.01.
Currently not on view
Object Name
artificial heart valve, display
date made
after 1963
place made
United States: California, San Francisco
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
silastic (valve material)
dacron mesh (valve material)
gold (valve material)
overall: 10 cm x 25.1 cm; 3 15/16 in x 9 7/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Manuel Villafaña
Artificial Organs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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