Jarvik-7 artificial heart, 1985
In August 1985 at the University Medical Center of the University of Arizona, Dr. Jack G. Copeland implanted this Jarvik-7 artificial heart in Michael Drummond, a patient awaiting a heart transplant. The Jarvik-7 kept Drummond alive until a donor organ became available one week later. Within months of the surgery, the medical center offered this artifact to the Smithsonian, which accepted it as a successful example of "spare parts"devices or machines designed to function in place of a body part or organand an illustration of one of the controversies accompanying advanced medical technology.
Medical History, Popular Objects