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Who invented that bleeping thing?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:719
  1. Fraser Smith, research registrar
  1. St James's Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    While preparing a talk on Thomas Fogarty, of balloon catheter fame, I stumbled on information about a different gentleman who was a joint winner with Fogarty of the much coveted MIT-Lemelson prize. This person is someone who affects nearly all doctors every day. Indeed, if he had not recently died, I am sure many of us would love to get our hands on him. However, as you read on and discover what a truly remarkable man he was, you may see him and his invention in a different light.

    Al Gross was born in …

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