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The allure of mechanical circulatory support systems (MCSS) sparks debate among social and clinical scientists. A totally implantable artificial heart has become the Holy Grail for many, and assessment of federal support for their pilgrimage is required. This text considers the challenge and is admirably edited. It should be studied by everyone interested in "big ticket," sophisticated, highly focused health care technology.
This book contains a careful analysis of government's liaison with MCSS industry as well as of vexing social issues economists must resolve, such as payment plans for federally reimbursed health care beneficiaries. It is a timely text because
The Artificial Heart: Prototypes, Policies, and Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;117:976. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-11-976_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(11):976.
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