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Artificial Hearts: The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical Technology.


Artificial Hearts: The Allure and Ambivalence of a Controversial Medical Technology

Shelley McKellar

Johns Hopkins University Press


350 pages




McKellarAEs book reflects her interest in medical artifacts and exploring history through objects, and is a case study of a controversial medical technology, its development sustained by its powerful appeal in American medicine and society as a therapeutic possibility and characterized by persistent ambivalence. The allure and ambivalence of artificial hearts as a technology solution (or at least a treatment strategy) to heart failure, alongside variable characterizations of success, ground this story of how and why this problematic technology continued to be developed. She shares how the history of artificial hearts is predominately an American story-a controversial one. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Title Annotation:Shelley McKellar
Article Type:Book review
Date:Feb 1, 2018
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