Mykola Amosov

Mykola Amosov

Mykola Amosov

“Conscience – my judge” was one of the slogans of Ukrainian surgeon Mykola Amosov. He started as an ordinary military surgeon during World War II.

Amosov always spoke the truth and he had a good sense of humor. To perform heart surgery, it must be done dry. During surgery, the heart has to be disconnected from the body which is then connected to a device to keep the blood pumping. Amosov with a group of researchers developed an artificial circulation device called an “artificial heart”. The longest the heart could be isconnected from the body using the device – 1 hour 44 min. Amosov traveled very much. In the US, he saw an artificial heart valve. He bought a nylon shirt to use as material for an artificial valve. Continue reading