The Early Assessment of Health Care Technology: Introducing the Artificial Heart
The unfolding drama of replacing a human heart with a machine is one of the extraordinary spectacles of our century. It creates the hope that this will be a major step in overcoming heart disease, the most widespread affliction of developed nations. However, the hope is accompanied by troubling questions about the use of technology in its early phase of development. My discussion will focus on what the actions we have taken with respect to the artificial heart imply about the early stages in the development of an innovation.
KeywordsHuman Heart Salt Lake City Early Assessment Artificial Heart Natural Heart
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