overall: 25 in x 18 in x 15 in; 63.5 cm x 45.72 cm x 38.1 cm
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Health & Medicine
Dodrill, Forest D., M.D.. Some Physiologic Aspects of the Artificial Heart Problem
General Motors Corporation, Research Laboratories Division
“The Mechanical Heart” also known as the Michigan Heart had the ability to bypass both the patient’s heart and lungs allowing surgeons a “dry” field on which to work. The Dodrill-GMR heart project was a collaborative effort led by Dr. Forest Dewey Dodrill of Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and General Motors Research Laboratory.
The Dodrill-GMR Heart was used in the first successful open heart operation July 3, 1952. The patient, a forty-one year old male, had a deformed mitral valve which was successfully repaired