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Machines in our hearts : the cardiac pacemaker, the implantable defibrillator, and American health care

Author: Kirk Jeffrey
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
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Annotation Today hundreds of thousands of Americans carry pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) within their bodies. These battery-powered machines - small computers, in fact - deliver electricity to the heart to correct dangerous disorders of the heartbeat. But few doctors, patients, or scholars know the history of these devices or how "heart-rhythm management" evolved into a  Read more...
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Jeffrey, Kirk.
Machines in our hearts.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
(DLC) 00009627
(OCoLC)44132878
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kirk Jeffrey
ISBN: 0801876168 9780801876165
OCLC Number: 51504390
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 370 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: "CONTENTS"; "ILLUSTRATIONS AND TABLES"; "ACKNOWLEDGMENTS"; "INTRODUCTION"; "Chapter 1 HEART BLOCK AND THE HEART TICKLER"; "Chapter 2 THE WAR ON HEART DISEASE AND THE INVENTION OF CARDIAC PACING"; "Chapter 3 HEART SURGEONS REDEFINE CARDIAC PACING"; "Chapter 4 THE MULTIPLE INVENTION OF IMPLANTABLE PACEMAKERS"; "Chapter 5 MAKING THE PACEMAKER SAFE AND RELIABLE"; "Chapter 6 THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF THE PACEMAKER"; "Chapter 7 THE PACEMAKER BECOMES A FLEXIBLE MACHINE"; "Chapter 8 SLOWING THE PACE: THE INDUSTRY'S TIME OF TROUBLES" "Chapter 9 COMPETITION THROUGH INNOVATION: ACCELERATING THE PACE OF CHANGE"; "Chapter 10 PREVENTING SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH: THE IMPLANTABLE DEFIBRILLATOR"; "Chapter 11 THE 1990S AND BEYOND: 'WHEN LIFE DEPENDS ON MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY'"; "APPENDIX A DEVICE RELIABILITY, QUALIFICATION TESTS, AND IMPROVEMENTS"; "APPENDIX B NUMBER OF IMPLANTATIONS"; "APPENDIX C ICHD PACEMAKER IDENTIFICATION CODE"; "ABBREVIATIONS"; "NOTES"; "BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE"; "INDEX"
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