** Ticker by Mimi Swartz

Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart stars large egos and lots of bodies as the development of artificial hearts has been difficult and full of dead ends. The author focuses on Houston, admittedly the world capital of heart care, and on a few heart surgeons and biomedical engineers, utterly devoted to their quests and occasionally interested by the welfare of their patients (success seems to be defined more by surviving surgery than by the alit of life, if any, following said surgery). The most intriguing part of the story may be that an artificial heart may not produce what we all think a heart creates: a a pulse!



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