The Introduction of Coronary Care Units (1960-1985): An Unparalleled Triumph
This book recapitulates the discussion on the worth of Coronary Care Units (CCUs), introduced with unprecedented speed between 1965 and 1975. Did they really substantially lower death from myocardial infarction, as was said by their proponents? Did the ‘before and after’-research prove its value, being scientifically sound enough to justify the enormous investments in it? These are some of the questions explored here, as the book considers leading medics such as CCU-defender Bernard Lown or CCU-critic Ivan Illich.
Leo van Bergen is a medical historian working at Leiden University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. He is the author and editor of over 20 books and around 200 articles concerning topics like war and medicine, colonial medicine, the history of medical teaching, the history of general practice and the introduction of medical technology. His best-known works are Before My Helpless Sight. Suffering, Dying and Military Medicine on the Western Front 1914-1918 (2009), Uncertainty, Anxiety, Frugality. Dealing with Leprosy in the Dutch East Indies 1816-1942 (2018), and A Cap of Horror. First World War Poetry Written by Female Nurses and Carers (2020).
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