Heart Matters. The Collaboration Between Surgeons and Engineers in the Rise of Cardiac Surgery

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 27)


Triumphant medicine in the late nineteenth and in the first half of the twentieth centuries involved increasing amounts of technology and engineering skills. The present contribution gives an example of such a momentous and irreversible convergence between two specific fields: surgery and mechanical engineering. In less than 50 years (c.1930–1980) several “scientific couples” (usually a visionary surgeon and an above-average-skilled engineer) had made a reality of a long dreamed “impossibility” of modern medicine such as open-heart surgery. This contribution will focus not only on technical details but also on the “human factor” which was the hallmark of the protagonists of this revolution.


Medicine and technology Cardiac surgery Human factor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FAST—Istituto di Filosofia dell’Agire Scientifico e TecnologicoUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di RomaRomaItaly

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