Monday, March 05, 2012

No Pulse: How Doctors Reinvented The Human Heart

"No Pulse: How Doctors Reinvented The Human Heart".

It took some "thinking outside the box" to get rid of the heartbeat:
Building a heart that mimics nature's lub-dub may be as comically shortsighted as Leonardo da Vinci designing a flying machine with flapping wings. Nature is not always the best designer, at least when it comes to things that humans must build and maintain. So the newest artificial heart doesn't imitate the cardiac muscle at all. Instead, it whirs like a little propeller, pushing blood through the body at a steady rate. After 500 million years of evolution accustoming the human body to blood moving through us in spurts, a pulse may not be necessary...
(Via Instapundit.)