Pacemaker with a “Medtronic / 5951 PULSE GENERATOR / VENTRICULAR INHIBITED / SN 4Y00398 USA” inscription. The Xytron pacemaker, of which this is an example, contained a mercury zinc battery. It was introduced to market in early 1975, and intended as an interim product while Medtronic prepared its new lithium powered pacemaker.

Ref: Kirk Jeffrey, Machines in our Hearts: The Cardiac Pacemaker, The Implantable Defibrillator, And American Health Care (Baltimore, 2001).

Date Made: 1975

Maker: MedtronicMedtronic Incorporated

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis

Used: Medical Procedure- Surgery


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Credit Line: Seymour Furman, M.D.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2001.0192.01Accession Number: 2001.0192Catalog Number: 2001.0192.01

Object Name: Pacemakercardiologypacemaker

Measurements: overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 in; 6.35 cm x 5.715 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_833949

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