Before we go deep into this facts list, we will like to mention two things. First, dog lovers in this world are going to hate this (that includes us) and second, we do not really support anything like this again in today’s era or even in near or far future. Having said that, we also need to state that because of the experiments by Sergei S. Bryukhonenko, open-heart surgeries are today possible. So, let us learn 15 interesting Sergei S. Bryukhonenko facts and find out more about his gruesome experiments and his contributions to medical science.
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1. Sergei S. Bryukhonenko (Sergei Sergeyevich Bryukhonenko) was a Soviet scientist who was born on April 30, 1890.
2. Bryukhonenko died when he was 10 days shy of his 70th birthday. He died on April 20, 1960.
3. He reached the peak of his career during the Stalinist era and his research helped in the development of open-heart procedures in the then Soviet Union.
4. His greatest contribution was his invention of autojektor – a primitive heart and lung machine.
5. Sergei S. Bryukhonenko was already famous because of his very deep insights into blood transfusion but for some odd reason, he was not really satisfied with his knowledge and wanted to know whether life could be sustained by artificial methods.
6. This very quest of Sergei led him to spend countless hours in his laboratory and conduct some macabre research that involved animals, especially canines (dogs) that we consider to be man’s best friend.
7. His laboratory staff soon became accustomed to desiccated animal corpses and disembodied heads of dogs. He even went to the extent of putting perfectly healthy dogs to death by draining blood out of their bodies and then conducting his experiments. That was ghastly, inhumane and uncomfortable but what he achieved through his experiments proved to be extremely helpful to modern science.
8. The sole purpose of Bryukhonenko’s experiments were to invent a fully-functional heart-lung machine that would help to maintain a continuous supply of oxygenated blood to patients in conditions where they otherwise unable to.