On this day: October 8

Published On: Oct 05 2012 03:42:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 08 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT

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OTD October 8 - pacemaker
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1958: Dr. Ake Senning implants the first internal heart pacemaker at the Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden. The prototype device, which used only two transistors and was the size of a hockey puck, failed after three hours and was replaced by a second device that lasted for two days. The patient, Arne Larsson, went on to receive 26 different pacemakers during his lifetime before dying in 2001 at the age of 86.


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