Sergei Brukhonenko was born in Soviet Russia in the late nineteenth century but little did anybody know that he would conduct gruesome experiments in the name of science. Sergei was a biomedical scientist during the peak of Stalinist Soviet Russia. He was the head of the Research Institute of Experimental Surgery where he madly conducted experiments with both living and already dead canines. Sergei was the inventor of the first artificial heart machine which he called the ‘Autojektor’.
The Autojektor’s main purpose was to sustain life through artificial means: it was used to perform the first Soviet open-heart operation in 1957. The incredible results from the successful surgery using his machine gained recognition from the state thus granting him the prestigious Lenin Prize.
This award came at the price of many animals’ lives mainly dogs. His lab was filled with countless headless dogs, he would mutilate the animals and see how long he could maintain them alive. The heads would stay alive for hours while he would conduct more experiments on them by poking them and shocking them to measure their reaction. whether the dogs felt any pain or not, who can say.
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