Fonds P126 - Arthur Vineberg Fonds

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Arthur Vineberg Fonds

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  • 1930-1988 (Creation)
    Vineberg, Arthur (Arthur Martin), 1903-1988

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7.34 m of textual records and other material.
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Dr. Arthur Vineberg was born in Montreal in 1903 and died in 1988. He graduated from McGill University in 1928, earning his Ph.D. in experimental physiology in 1933 at the same institution. In 1942, he married Ann Porter Buckley and the same year was sent on active military service with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. After the war, back at the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University, he became senior cardiac surgeon at the R.V.H. and lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University. He also been associated with many other Montreal medical institutions. Founder of the surgical units at the veterans hospital in Ste. Anne de Bellevue and the Montreal Military Hospital, Vineberg founded and co-founded the cardiac surgical departments at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, the Institut de cardiologie de Montréal and at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He was also involved in founding of Québec Heart Foundation. Vineberg pioneered surgery for coronary artery disease in developing a controversial procedure, which consisted of implanting the left mammary artery into the heart's left ventricle, leading to myocardial revascularization. This was done on an experimental basis in 1946 and the first clinical procedure was carried out at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1950. The "Vineberg Procedure" or "Vineberg Operation" as it came to be called brought him awards and much renown in the medical world and contributed to modern medical techniques. In 1986 he became a Companion of the Order of Canada. A persistent researcher until his death, he published innumerable research papers but also strove to make the general public more aware of cardiac related health issues, publishing two books, How to Live with your Heart: The Family Guide to Heart Health in 1975 and Myocardial Revascularization by Arterial/Ventricular Implants in 1982.

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Old accession number 875.

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The fonds consists of records generated and accumulated by Arthur Vineberg during his professional activities but also contains some records related to his private life. The records are divided into nine series : A. Personal and Biographical Documents, B. Accounting, C. Medical and Research Work, D. Hospital Institutional Work, E. Publications, F. Talks, Lectures, Conferences, TV and Radio Broadcastings, G. Professional Associations and Congress, H. Films and I. Clippings on Vineberg

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Received in December 1987 from Arthur Vineberg.


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  • English
  • French

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All correspondence and patients files subject to Access to Information and Privacy Act.

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at Advance notice is recommended.

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Conservation and description of some part of the fonds to be done: P126/C5 Surgical and Medical Instruments, P126/C6 Subject files, P126/C7 Visitors and Request to come as Research Fellows, P126/D Hospital Institutional Work, P126/H Films, P126/ I Clippings on Vineberg.

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