Now that some faulty organs can be replaced by artificial substitutes, physicians are discovering strange new responsibilities. Discharging these obligations requires not only the acquisition of new technical skills and scientific information but also the reexamination and applications of fundamentals of anatomy and physiology—often stored away rather inaccessibly, as theoretical considerations alone. Acquisition is not easy, and simple passive learning fails to suffice for the new situation. Physicians are asked to lead engineers and others in creating the special kinds of devices necessary as a replacement for defective human equipment, and no one else can assume that role.
Myers and Parsonnet help them take that leadership. Engineering in the Heart and Blood Vessels will help narrow the gulf separating the thinking of physicians and engineers; it will facilitate the full utilization of existing equipment and aid in exploitation of available technology for design of new devices.
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