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    Plastic Heart, Black Box, Iron Cage: Instrumental Reason and the Artificial Heart Experiment


    Strong, Thomas (1996) Plastic Heart, Black Box, Iron Cage: Instrumental Reason and the Artificial Heart Experiment. disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory, 5 (5). pp. 28-55. ISSN 1055-6133

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    Abstract

    On the night of December 1, 1982, a surgical team in Salt Lake City implanted a plastic pump in the chest of 61 year old Barney Clark. The operation lasted nine hours; it was not without complications. It was the first time in history that a human being had been implanted with an "artificial heart" intended as a permanent replacement for his "real" heart. Clark died 112 days later on the night of March 23, 1983: his circulatory system had collapsed. Now, over a decade later, research on the artificial heart has also collapsed.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as:Strong, Thom as (1996) " Plastic Heart, Black Box, Iron Cage: Instrumental Reason and the A rtificial Heart Experiment," d is C lo s u r e: A J o u r n a l of So ci a l Th e o r y : Vol. 5 , Article 5. DOI: https://do i.org/10.13023/DIS CLOSURE.05.05 Available at: http://ukno wledge.uky.edu/disclosure/vol5/iss1/5
    Keywords: Plastic Heart; Black Box; Iron Cage: Artificial Heart; Experiment;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 8392
    Depositing User: Dr. Thomas Strong
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 16:32
    Journal or Publication Title: disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory
    Publisher: University of Kentucky
    Refereed: Yes
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