Medicine: Implanted Pacemaker

The patients who made the biggest news at last week's meeting of the American Heart Association in Miami were those who can talk about their "tickers" without being cute. They are the growing number, estimated at 200, whose heartbeats are timed by transistorized pacemakers implanted under the skin of their bellies. Surgeon William M. Chardack told how he and his colleagues at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo have miniaturized and refined the instruments for internal use since external pacemakers were first shown to be practical (TIME, Jan. 11. 1960), and how they have implanted pacemakers in 30 patients in the...

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