In 2007, as part of an article about robotic surgery at UCLA med center, the UCLA Magazine ran this photo whose relation to robotic surgery is unclear. The caption read, "Dr. Alan Brady and an assistant helped heart patients with PUMA
(Programmed Universal Myographic Analyzer) in the Cardiovascular
Research Laboratory in the late '50s." Googling the "PUMA" led to one article on pacemakers from the 1960s.
So exactly what was a PUMA? Knowledgeable med types are welcome to provide the blog with commentary.