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CPR and Ventricular Assist Devices: The Challenge of Prolonging Life Without Guaranteeing Health
David Magnus & Danton Char

It’s fitting that the ethical challenges raised in this, our Valentine’s Day issue, resonate in a mythic love story. Eos, titan of the dawn, fell in love with a mortal man, Tithonus. Because she could not bear to lose him, she pleaded with Zeus to grant him immortal life but forgot to ask for immortal youth, so he withered, unable to die but too fragile to live. Like Eos, our two targe...

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LVAD-DT: Culture of Rescue and Liminal Experience in the Treatment of Heart Failure
Frances K. Barg, Katherine Kellom, Tali Ziv, Sarah C. Hull, Selena Suhail-Sindhu & James N. Kirkpatrick

The purpose of this article is to investigate how cultural meanings associated with the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) inform acceptance and experience of this innovative technology when it is used as a destination therapy. We conducted open-ended, semistructured interviews with family caregivers and patients who had undergone LVAD-DT procedures at six U.S. hospitals. A grounded theory appr...

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Irrational Exuberance: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation as Fetish
Philip M. Rosoff & Lawrence J. Schneiderman

The Institute of Medicine and the American Heart Association have issued a “call to action” to expand the performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Widespread advertising campaigns have been created to encourage more members of the lay public to undergo training in the technique of closed-chest compression-only CPR, based upon extolling...

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