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Dangerous Self-experiment

The first cardiac catheterization in medical history was carried out in a legendary self-experiment. In 1929 the physician Werner Forssmann tried this extreme experiment out on himself. Even though the human heart was still a mystery then and his chief physician has expressly forbidden him from doing this self-experiment. With the help of a nurse he secretly inserted a urological catheter of about two millimeters thickness and around 32 inches long into his arm just close to his heart. This film re-creates this extraordinary event and what happened thereafter. After decades of obscurity, Forssmann eventually was nominated and finally won a Nobel prize  for his extreme self-experiment.

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Galileo
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Eric Sternberger
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ProSieben
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