Who Benefits From the Artificial Heart?
Preston, Thomas A.
Hastings Center Report. 1985 Feb; 15(1): 5-7.
The central issue regarding the artificial heart is whether its utilization should be directed by a small group of medical investigators and their entrepreneurial backers, or by representatives of the society that has developed the technology and will have to live with its consequences. Preston questions the claims of the Humana hospital team that the artificial heart is a needed technology and that the present model is of therapeutic benefit. Contending that the artificial heart program is currently being fueled by a corporate marketing strategy rather than a research goal, he calls for public assessment--under the purview of an impartial commission--of the technologic value of the artificial heart and the priority it should be assigned in allocating financial resources. (KIE abstract)
Advisory Committees; Artificial Organs; Biomedical Research; Economics; Federal Government; Financial Support; Government; Hearts; Hospitals; Human Experimentation; Industry; Investigators; Marketing; Motivation; Proprietary Hospitals; Public Policy; Regulation; Research; Resource Allocation; Social Control; Technology; Technology Assessment; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation;
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