Narrative Highlight: Arthur Ciarkowski

At part of the 50th Anniversary meeting of ASAIO we conducted preliminary exchanges with individuals working in the field of artificial organs. The text below comes from Arthur A. Ciarkowski.
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1. Which individual or event do you attribute the greatest historical significance in the advancement of organ replacement devices or machines? Please explain why.
  Dick Cheney, Vice-President of the U.S. --- Mr Cheney received a dual chamber pacemaker after a mild heart attack early in his term as Vice President. HIs immediate return to work with high confidence in a very demanding job made the public realize that imjplanted medical devices crossed over the threshold from curiosity to serious medical therapy. If it's good enough for the V.P., it is good enough for everybody.