Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2017; 65(01): 004
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1597114
Letter to the Editor
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Letter to the Editor

Hermann J. Sons
1  Facharzt für Chirurgie, Thorax- und Kardiovaskularchirurgie, Facharzt für Herzchirurgie, Thoraxchirurgie, Herzchirurgische Intensivmedizin
2  formerly Klinik für Herz-, Thorax- und Gefässchirurgie Klinikum Kassel Kassel, Germany
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Publication History

23 October 2016

25 October 2016

Publication Date:
28 December 2016 (online)

“From Surgical Responsibility to Abstract Ideology”

Instead of leaving a commentary on the article of Gansera et al,[1] I would like to reflect on our data that were published in the Journal of Heart Valve Disease in 1997 after an oral presentation during the 1996 International Zürs CV Symposium. That time I was endorsed by Robert “Bob” Frater to submit our results for publication in the Journal of Heart Valve Disease. So we did.

When we operated on the five drug addicts included in our series, all of the team (surgeon, anesthesiologists, nurses, perfusionists, ICU [intensive care unit] caregivers) felt obliged to help and give care to those individuals regardless of their social, sexual, and so on behavior and background. Our attitude was as simple as wise: what else would/could you do except of surgery?[2] [3]