Remembering Dr. Sones


In 1958, F. Mason Sones, MD, of Cleveland Clinic invented moving cine-coronary angiography, a method for viewing the heart and its vessels with X-rays recorded on motion picture film. The pioneering cardiologist adhered to his own set of guiding principles, aka “Sones’ Laws.” Among them: Simplify the problem and aim for perfection. Dr. Sones died in 1985 at the age of 66, but his spirit lives on at Cleveland Clinic, which bestows the annual Sones Innovation Award on caregivers for advances in patient care.