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A Historical Perspective on the Development of Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices 

A Historical Perspective on the Development of Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices
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A Historical Perspective on the Development of Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices
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O. H. Frazier

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10.1093/med/9780190909291.003.0001
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date: 28 May 2020

With any historical account, the perspective varies, depending on which part of the historical context the author participated in. The same can be said for the history of the development of mechanical circulatory support devices. This chapter is documented through the eyes of one of the few surgeons who has been an active participant from the beginning, based on more than 50 years of personal experience in both experimental and clinical work in Houston, Texas, at the Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute. There are many facets to this worldwide race, which spans more than a half century, to replace the anatomical structure itself, or at least the physiological function of this anatomical organ that defines life from death.

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