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Papers of Henry Swan Added to the National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Science Website

Henry Swan, ca. 1981.The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, announces the release of an extensive selection from the papers of American surgeon Henry Swan (1913-1996), who pioneered the use of hypothermia for heart surgery, on the Library’s Profiles in Science website. With this addition, the number of prominent researchers, public health officials, and promoters of medical research whose personal and professional records are presented on Profiles has grown to 33.

American surgeon Henry Swan II pioneered the use of hypothermia, cooling patients to a very low body temperature, to make possible the first open-heart surgeries. Profiles in Science features digitized correspondence, published articles, departmental reports, and photographs from the Henry Swan Papers at the National Library of Medicine. Visitors to the site can view, for example, Swan’s college letters to his family, and his World War II letters to his wife describing his experiences as a surgeon on the front lines; correspondence with professional colleagues, and a rich selection of photos documenting his life and career.

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