History of Medicine
Guide to Collections Relating to the History of Artificial Internal Organs
Baxter Health Care Corporation
Boston Scientific Corporation SCIMED
L-VAD Technology Inc.
McGowan Center for Artificial Organs
Senko Medical Instrument Mfg. Co., Ltd.
Terumo Cardiovascular Systems
Terumo R&D Center
Texas Heart Institute
Thoratec Laboratories Corporation
University of Michigan Extracorporeal Circulation Laboratory
University of Ottowa Heart Institute
University of Sao Paulo, Heart Institute, Bioengineering Division
University of Utah, Bioengineering Department
710 Medtronic Parkway NE, Minneapolis MN 55432-5604
Robert Hanvik, Director, Global Public and Media Relations
Medtronic, Inc. is a global leader in cardiac, neurological and spinal therapies. Current Medtronic therapies range from surviving heart failure, restoring damaged hearts, correcting degeneration of the spine, overcoming the physical devastation of Parkinson's disease, controlling chronic pain, severe spasticity and debilitating tremor, to treating the symptoms of cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury.
Medtronic Inc. Collection, 1949-present
Approximately 100 pacemaker models, not exclusively Medtronics products; photographs and reproductions of news items; possibly some additional historical materials.
Medtronic was founded in 1949 by Earl Bakken and Palmer J. Hermundslie. Since developing the first wearable external cardiac pacemaker in 1957 and manufacturing the first reliable long-term implantable pacing system in 1960, Medtronic has been the world's leading producer of pacing technology. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Medtronic today is primarily focused on providing therapeutic, diagnostic, and monitoring systems for the cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular, emergency medicine, neurological and spinal markets.
An historical display is located at the Medtronic building in Findley. The display, mounted c. 1984, is an attractive and informative wall (case) display in the building lobby, and showcases pacemaker developments. Black and white portraits of innovators and contributors in pacemaker developments line the top the display; below which are numerous mounted photos and magazine covers illustrating both innovators and patients (including a photo of Arne Larson, the first recipient of a pacemaker in 1956, implanted by Ake Senning and Rune Elmquist in Sweden in 1956). The display showcases approximately 80-100 pacemakers - and not exclusively Medtronic devices. There are pacemakers from other American companies as well as international companies (ie, Italy, Germany). The display covers the period predominantly 1950s to 1980s, tracing early pacing to lithium battery innovations to defibrillation.
Inventory listing currently being compiled.
Permission from Medtronics required.
See "The Story of Medtronic," an historical booklet published in 1999 by Medtronics, Inc. in celebration of their 50-year history.
Refer also to collections at The Bakken Museum - Artifact Collection and Pioneers in Pacing Oral History Collection.