HEARTS, THE TRUE STORY OF FICTION / Dogliotti and Actis Dato: guru of medicine

HEARTS, THE TRUE STORY OF FICTION / Dogliotti and Actis Dato: guru of medicine
HEARTS, THE TRUE STORY OF FICTION / Dogliotti and Actis Dato: guru of medicine

The fiction “Hearts” is inspired by a true story. Raiuno’s new audience series on Sunday evening tells the story of tells the true story of the pioneers of cardiac surgery. Among these is the professor Achille Mario Dogliotti who was told in this way by Angelo Actis Dato, his assistant and head of the heart surgery center: “Anyone who observes Professor Dogliotti during a surgery can only be amazed by his skill and mastery technique, from the calm and safety with which he conducts the intervention, as if everything were preordained and pre-established. He works with his left hand, while writing and playing tennis with his right. It is not only the technical mastery that has given Professor Dogliotti great fame, but also his temperament, guided by a long and tenacious education and experience in the happy choice of the right path to follow in any case, his reasoning, his critical skills , his humanity “. (update by Emanuele Ambrosio)

Hearts: Achille Mario Dogliotti, pioneer of cardiac surgery

Hearts, the Rai1 hit TV series is it loosely based on a true story? That’s right, the new fiction tells the true story of the pioneers of cardiac surgery. At the center of the events is Cesare Corvara who in the series has the face of Daniele Pecci, a character inspired by the professor Achille Mario Dogliotti and the professor Alberto Ferraris, played by Matteo Martari, inspired by the heart surgeon Angelo Actis Dato. A choice strongly desired by the director Riccardo Donna who declared: “they are true gurus of medicine who brought Italian heart surgery to the top of the world”.

Let’s get specifically talking about Achille Mario Dogliotti: the professor was the first to undergo an open heart operation. In Turin, the professor then founded one of the largest European centers of cardiac surgery and he was responsible for the invention of epidural anesthesia.

Hearts, a true story behind the successful Rai1 fiction

To tell the character of Hearts, director Riccardo Donna was inspired by the memoirs of Gino Lavista, Cardiocirculatory and Cardiovascular Perfusion Physiopathology Technician, who has been involved for many years with the operation of the machinery in Professor Dogliotti’s operating room.

The director Riccardo Donna speaking of the fiction “Hearts” broadcast on Rai1 also spoke of the location. The former Riberi Military Hospital was chosen for the external shots of the Molinette Hospital in the fiction where everything was reconstructed with detail and particular attention. The Molinette hospital played a decisive role in the story as the director himself said: “in the race for the first transplant, the Molinette ward was in competition with that of the South African surgeon Christian Barnard and with those of other luminaries in the world. In 1967 the first artificial heart was patented, which still today allows interventions on the heart muscle. Until then, atrocious methods were used, such as immersing patients in ice to block the heartbeat and then operate “.

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