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Historical Profiles of Mayo Clinic Giancarlo Rastelli, MD

      Dr Giancarlo Rastelli's life was shaped by a deep desire to do scientific research. Despite a premature death in 1970 at the age of 36, he was successful in his mission. More than 3 decades later, cardiac surgeons throughout the world still save lives using the Rastelli procedure, a surgical innovation for the treatment of congenital heart disease. It is also noteworthy that this and other developments in cardiovascular research were achieved while Dr Rastelli battled complications of Hodgkin disease in the last 5 years of his life.
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