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New Book Tells The Story Of Developing An Artificial Heart

Mimi Swartz discusses her book Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart.

Artificial Heart
Dr. Bud Frazier holds up an artificial heart.

In a story she says is “as much about innovation as it is about medicine,” Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz has a new book called Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart.

In it, she follows a nearly 50-year saga of research and roadblocks, focused on the work of Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier from the Texas Heart Institute as he strives to develop a fully-functioning artificial heart with the help of various associates, a project that is still ongoing though hopefully nearing some kind of completion soon.

We talk with Swartz about the book and why this story piqued her interest.

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