Totally Implantable Artificial Heart

Description
A functional mock up of a totally implantable artificial heart. Displayed on a wooden base covered with a sheet of metal with the battery in the middle of the display. Finally there is a monitor encased in a wood box, on a little pedestal. The monitor has a small screen and various knobs and switches. There are two rows of little lights marked Up/ Hold/ Down for monitoring heart rate. The mock-up was developed by Lowell T. Harmison, Ph.D., (1937-2011). He was the Director of the Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health from 1967 to 1974.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
heart, artificial, implantable
total artificial heart
date made
ca 1969
date(s) of previous ownership
1985-03-28
maker
Harmison, Lowell T.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 35 cm x 81.5 cm x 56 cm; 13 25/32 in x 32 3/32 in x 22 1/16 in
place made
United States: Maryland, Bethesda
ID Number
1985.0329.03
accession number
1985.0329
catalog number
1985.0329.03
subject
Cardiology
Artificial Organs
Medicine
Invention
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Government, Politics, and Reform
Artificial Hearts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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