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The Automatic Implantable Defibrillator: A New Avenue

  • M. Mirowski
  • M. M. Mower
  • A. Langer
  • M. S. Heilman
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 4)


The recognition by Beck et al. (1) and by Zoll and his associates (2) of the unique property of electrical countershock to terminate ventricular fibrillation in man began a new era in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Within a relatively short period of time, this discovery prompted the emergence of modern coronary care and resulted in an almost complete elimination of primary ventricular fibrillation as a significant cause in hospital mortality from cardiovascular disorders.


Ventricular Fibrillation Implantable Defibrillator Defibrillatory Shock Amplitude Zero Ventricular Defibrillation 
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  • M. Mirowski
  • M. M. Mower
  • A. Langer
  • M. S. Heilman

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