ANEURYSMS of the aorta have become the latest major target for surgical treatment. The reports of Dubost,1 Lam,2 Cooley and DeBakey,3 and Bahnson4 have demonstrated that it is surgically feasible to excise an aortic aneurysm and restore the continuity of the aorta in man by means of an arterial homograft of considerable length. Cooley and DeBakey5 have recently reported that their operative mortality in these patients is now low; consequently, further information concerning the altered morbidity of the disease, as well as the degree to which these patients can be rehabilitated by surgical operations, should soon be available. The immediate benefits from this form of surgical treatment are striking; therefore, physicians and surgeons alike will await with eagerness further reports of long-term follow-up studies upon these patients.
It is also important for physicians and surgeons to know the approximate chances of survival that a patient