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Pacemakers: The Foundation of Minnesota's Medical Industry: Secondary Sources: Books & Articles


Electrifying Medicine: How Electricity Sparked a Medical Revolution, by Brenda L. Himrich and Stew Thornley.
Chapter 3 is especially relevant to this topic.
Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., 1995.
MNHS call number: RM 872 .H55 1995

Electrotherapy in the United States.
Minneapolis: Medtronic, Inc., 1977.
MNHS call number: RM 872 .M44

The Genius of C. Walton Lillehei and the True History of Open Heart Surgery, by Daniel A. Goor, M.D.
New York: Vantage Press, 2007.
MNHS call number: RD 598 .G64 2007

Heritage and Essence: Medtronic Defined.

Minneapolis: Medtronic, Inc., 1973.
MNHS call number: FOLIO R 856 .M44 A4 1973

King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open-Heart Surgery, by G. Wayne Miller.
New York: Times Books, 2000.
MNHS call number: Reading Room RD 598 .M523 2000

Machines in Our Hearts: The Cardiac Pacemaker, the Implantable Defibrillator, and American Health Care, by Kirk Jeffrey.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
MNHS call number: RC 684 .P3 J444 2001

Minnesota Medicine.
St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Medical Association, 1918-present.
MNHS call number: R11 .M6 

The Operation: A Minute-by-Minute Account of a Heart Operation and the Story of Medicine and Surgery that Led Up to It, by Leonard Engel.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958.
MNHS call number: RD 598 .E5

Self-Made: The Stories of 12 Minnesota Entrepreneurs, by Carol Pine and Susan Mundale.
Chapter 2, "Sparks of Life", is about Earl E. Bakken (pages 38-54).
Minneapolis: Dorn Books, 1982.
MNHS call number: F 605 .P56

Film & Video

Interview with Earl Bakken, Medtronic Founder,  2 videocassettes (24 minutes)
Produced by KSTP-TV. Minneapolis, Minn.: 1985.
Footage of a March 19, 1985 interview with Bakken in which he talks about the beginnings of Medtronic and some of its products.
MNHS call number: Videotape 905

"Historical Perspective and Mission Statements of Medtronic," videocassette
Produced by Medtronic. Minneapolis, Minn.
MNHS call number: Videotape 424

"Today's Technology and You," videocassette
Bloomington, Minn.: Bloomington Community Education, 1994.
This program explores new developments in the world of technology and how to use them in your daily life. In studio guests include Rich Loken and Sally Mays from Bloomington Community Education, Jim Blake from United States Satellite Broadcasting Co., and Dr. Michael Dror from Medtronic.
MNHS call number: Videotape 691

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