A Special Human Heart on a Russian Professor’s Desk

How Vladimir Almazov found the cure for death

Maria Milojković, MA
Fragments of History

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A human heart in a jar
A human heart in a jar | Image by the author

An eminent Russian doctor Vladimir Almazov (27 May 1931–4 January 2001) had a weird thing in his office. Whoever entered the room would be surprised to see a human heart in a jar soaked in formaldehyde. And many were wondering why it stood on the doctor’s desk for years amid heaps of medical papers.

Vladimir Andreyevich Almazov was a world-famous cardio surgeon who became well-known not only for his medical accomplishments but also for his non-traditional approach to the treatment of severe illnesses.

The story behind the heart in the jar spread worldwide while he was alive and people are still talking about it two decades after his death. The reason for this strange act is more than touching.

Vladimir Almazov and the heart in a jar
Vladimir Almazov and the heart in a jar | Source: Twitter

When students came to his office, Almazov would show them a photo of a couple in love and tell an unusual history of the heart.

Unfortunate circumstances

The true story that people are still talking about in medical circles dates back to the 1950s when Vladimir Almazov was a 4th-year…

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Maria Milojković, MA
Fragments of History

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