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Harmison, Lowell T.  Search this
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
Object Name:
heart, artificial, implantable
total artificial heart
Place made:
United States: Maryland, Bethesda
Date made:
ca 1969
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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
Cardiology  Search this
Artificial Organs  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Invention  Search this
Credit Line:
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Instiutes of Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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Artificial Hearts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History