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Artificial hearts : the allure and ambivalence of a controversial medical technology

Author: Shelley McKellar
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Artificial hearts are seductive devices. Their promissory nature as a cure for heart failure aligned neatly with the twentieth-century American medical community's view of the body as an entity of replacement parts. In Artificial Hearts, Shelley McKellar traces the controversial history of this imperfect technology beginning in the 1950s and leading up to the present day. McKellar profiles generations of researchers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shelley McKellar
ISBN: 9781421423555 1421423553
OCLC Number: 974035491
Description: xii, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : Fighting heart disease with machines and devices --
Multiple approaches to building artificial hearts : technological optimism and political support in the early years --
Dispute and disappointment : heart transplantation and total artificial heart implant cases in the 1960s --
Technology and risk : nuclear-powered artificial hearts and medical device regulation --
Media spotlight : the Utah total artificial heart and the charge of bioethics --
Clinical and commercial rewards : ventricular assist devices --
Securing a place : therapeutic clout and second-generation VADs --
Artificial hearts in the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Shelley McKellar.

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