Medicine: Just Tick, Tick, Ticking Along

Schroeder: "I feel like I've got ten years left right now "

As a federal inspector, William Schroeder evaluated the quality of Army munitions. He passed judgment on another potent but more personal invention last week: the artificial heart that doctors implanted in his chest on Nov. 25. "My heart is just tick, tick, ticking now," he told his surgeon, William DeVries, a week after the operation at Louisville's Humana Hospital Audubon. The plastic-and-metal device felt "like an oldtime threshing machine, just apumping like everything." When Schroeder, 52, entered the hospital's heart institute early...

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