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Dodrill GMR Heart

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Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
chromium (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 25 in x 18 in x 15 in; 63.5 cm x 45.72 cm x 38.1 cm
overall, tubing: 1 5/8 in x 14 in x 8 in; 4.1275 cm x 35.56 cm x 20.32 cm
overall, artificial heart: 22 1/2 in x 20 in x 14 in; 57.15 cm x 50.8 cm x 35.56 cm
overall: 23 in x 19 1/2 in x 13 in; 58.42 cm x 49.53 cm x 33.02 cm
Object Name:
heart, mechanical
Heart, Mechanical
artificial heart
Place made:
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Date made:
ca 1952
“The Mechanical Heart” also known as the Michigan Heart had the ability to bypass the right and left side of the patient’s heart 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
Currently not on view
Artificial Organs
Related Publication:
Dodrill, Forest D., M.D.. Some Physiologic Aspects of the Artificial Heart Problem
Credit Line:
General Motors Corporation, Research Laboratories Division
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center