American cardiologist wins 2015 Prince Mahidol prize

Morton Mower, who developed two cardiac devices that have helped millions of people worldwide, has been honoured by the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation.

Morton Mower admits that it was a “crazy” idea that won him Thailand’s 2015 Prince Mahidol Award for medicine. Mower was recognised for his work on developing the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) and the cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) device. “We were these crazy guys who wanted to put a time bomb in people’s chests, so to speak”, Mower says. Read more in The Lancet.