Anyone else with an interest in Operating Systems (especially those used in medical equipment) might like to put on the kettle, make a cup of whatever, then set aside half an hour to wade through this
Then, having digested all that (or at least, picked up the gist
of it), we can kick off our own thread right here.
Feel free, by the way, to meander
into the related pathways of hardware drivers, common interfaces (eg,
RS-232, USB), the "slot"* technologies used in medical equipment, and all the rest.
* By this I mean ISA, PCI, AGP ... and all our other favourites!