The Corridors of the Heart

Life Magazine, 19 januari 1968

”Since much of Nilsson’s work must be done on specimens taken from cadavers, he maintains a workroom adjoining the autopsy section of one of Stockholm’s big hospitals. Here is a place of very bad views and it is a real measure of Nilsson’s devotion that he can bear this overexposure to death.

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

When I was at this hospital with Nilsson, the doctors first would not allow us in the autopsy rooms because they had discovered virulent tuberculosis in one of the cadavers. When this body was removed – and after I had become convinced that Lennart, along with the pathologists, must be in repeated jeopardy from such unseen dangers – we changed into surgical gowns and plastic slippers and went into Nilsson’s office. He was given sections of aorta from two patients. One of these, three of four inches long, was from an old man and was so clogged with atherosclerotic deposits that it was almost impossible to cut with scissors. The other, from a young woman, was placed in position for the magnifying lens of the camera.

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Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

Through the finder, the scene was a cave-scape and one could travel along its red and shadowed passage simply by moving the scope deeper into the blood vessel. It was both odd and moving to journey so inside a human body, and while we were doing it three of the pathologist came in and demanded a look. Veterans who daily studied the anatomy of life and death, they took turns, and as each man rose from the scope and turned back to the rest of us, his face bore the excitement of discovery.” (from Loudon Wainwright´s text in Life Magazine)

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

Life Magazine 19 januari 1968

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”Igår filmade jag bindvävsceller som delar sej. Det är det mest dramatiska jag nånsin filmat. Och det är sånt som händer i oss varje sekund, livet igenom. Det är det jag vill att folk ska se. Och det är därför jag f i l m a r: en bild var femte sekund i tre timmar. Vilket skådespel!”

Lennart Nilsson och Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark följer upp serien med en film för SvT Tillbaka till livet, 1968. Producenter för dokumentären var Claes Wirsén och Lars Wallén

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