Totally Implantable Artificial Heart

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
heart, artificial, implantable
total artificial heart
date made
ca 1969
date(s) of previous ownership
Harmison, Lowell T.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
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
accession number
catalog number
Artificial Organs
Government, Politics, and Reform
Artificial Hearts
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Instiutes of Health

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