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How to Mend a Broken Heart

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Listen up, Lonely Hearts Club. Before you get all frothy about the holiday that rubs salt in the wounds of your failed attempts at love, take a page out of Beth Croce's book on How to Mend a Broken Heart, will ya? Because I'm sure that all you need to cauterize the wound inflicted by your last lover is a spanky cute pin up guy/gal to dive in to your thoracic cavity, grab a hold of that bleeding aorta and squeeze. And oh, did I mention? Beth Croce is stationed down under, in Aussie, mate. So dig their killer accents. **swoooooon**

There's a little somethin' for everyone. The blonde, the brunette...

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Lovely Rosie lends a helping hand while the aortic balloon catheter is deployed. Acrylic and ink wash on vintage text - Limited edition prints available - just click on the image

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A large needle driver is a girl's best friend in coronary bypass graft surgery. Acrylic and ink wash on vintage text - Limited edition prints available - just click on the image

But wait, there's more!

Joaqin Phoenix in his skivvies. To the rescue. Ahoy!

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Handsome Hugh holding the line during the application of cardiac support device. Acrylic and ink wash on vintage text - Limited edition prints available - just click on the image

Brazilian babe in Speedo? Anyone?

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Tom takes a moment to strike a pose before the unfurling of the stent. Acrylic and ink wash on vintage text - Limited edition prints available - just click on the image

Hipstah-honeys like 'em lean 'n green, in skinny jeans...

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Ben keeps a fine, firm grip on the brachiocephalic graft. Acrylic and ink wash on vintage text - Limited edition prints available - just click on the image

Annnnd, the hot geek. You know you want her:

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Jenny goes that one step further to make sure every inch of the aortic graft gets a polish. Acrylic and ink wash on vintage text - Limited edition prints available - just click on the image

This series is part of BrokenHeartBooks - A ten volume series of vintage (date unknown) encyclopedias with hand painted covers by medical illustrator/artist Beth Croce

Beth Croce website: BioPerspective

Follow her on Twitter @BioArts

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The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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