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The technique developed by René Favaloro was included in Google's cultural platform.
The bypass technique developed by Argentine cardiosurgean René Favaloro was included in Google's cultural platform as part of the “400 inventions and discoveries that changed the history of mankind”, a recognition celebrated by the doctor's family to make his legacy “inspire the next generations.”
“ It is a pride that they have chosen bypass technique as part of those 400 inventions in the world and I think that inclusion on the platform is a way for young people to get to know René, both the doctor and the man,” said her niece Liliana Favaloro , president of the Favaloro Foundation.
From first-person videos, unpublished images, book fragments and photos anyone will be able to access this virtual sample produced by Google (available at: G.co/Onceuponatry) and take an online tour of the legendary doctor's life and career.
It will be possible to trace his origins, the university where he studied, the place where he worked as a rural doctor in La Pampa, his stage in Cleveland - where he applied the technique for the first time - and his return to Argentina to undertake the dream of the Foundation, explained Florencia Sabatini, Google Communication Manager for the Southern Cone, during the presentation of the virtual exhibition in the Buenos Aires offices of the Internet giant.
The Google Arts & Culture platform, available at https://artsandculture.google.com/, features 400 outstanding works in the form of virtual samples called “Once Upon a try. Once upon a time... an idea,” among which the “only discovery of Latin American origin is the aortocoronary bypass of Favaloro, a revolutionary surgery that changed the lives of millions of people around the world,” he added.
“ I think meeting René is a good way to understand that we all have DNA, it's just a matter of motivating and expressing it,” added Liliana Favaloro.
The doctor's niece described that not only will you be able to know her scientific facet, but also her personality and “rejoice in Argentine history”.
“ This tool opens up a spectrum in research, science and art that will motivate younger generations to find a niche,” he stressed.
He also argued that René's legacy represents a “very good decalogue for doctors and surgeons, as well as his' humanist 'side: “He loved going to the provinces, giving community talks, meeting students at school, all very valuable things.”
The presentation was attended by the doctor Oscar Mendiz, director of the Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery of the Fundación Favaloro University Hospital, who expressed his “pride that the legacy of René Favaloro has been rescued”.
“ Favaloro developed the bypass technique, which made it possible to improve and prolong the lives of countless people around the world,” said Mendiz.
The cardiologist said that “bypass, introduced more than 50 years ago, is also valued and recognized internationally, and despite the time elapsed and medical and scientific advances, it still persists unalterable and continues to save lives.”
This journey of exploration of Favaloro's life and work was worked in partnership with his Foundation, which provided information, content and curation.
Among the 400 inventions and discoveries that are part of this platform are the explosion of the Big Bang, the first women to travel into space, the first map of America, the Galileo Galilei telescope, Marie Curie, the cloning of the Dolly sheep, the largest machine in the world, and the letters from Albert Einstein to French scientists.
The prestigious cardiosurgean committed suicide on July 29, 2000 when shooting himself in the heart, burdened by the financial crisis that was going through his foundation and disappointed at the lack of answers from the authorities and businessmen.
Publication Date: 09/03/2019
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