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The timely publication of this book relates to recent pioneering efforts to replace irreversibly damaged heart valves and to supplement left ventricular function in cases of left ventricular failure. Carefully selected topics, written on by experts in the field, make the reading of this book enjoyable and informative. Disappointments and difficulties are not slurred over but balance obvious accomplishments.
The commercially available prosthetic valves used clinically and some of the experimental models are presented along with evaluations of hemodynamic performance, the tendency to clot formation, and long-term results of these valves. The essential components of an effective artificial heart—the pumping
Heart Substitutes: Mechanical and Transplant.. Ann Intern Med. ;65:1347. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-65-6-1347_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(6):1347.
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