Open heart: the radical surgeons who revolutionized medicine

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A bold and remarkable history, “The Right Stuff” for the giants of heart surgery who performed medical feats once thought impossible

Esteemed heart transplant surgeon Dr. David K.C. Cooper has literally been on the cutting edge of medicine, having been a member of the team that performed the first successful heart transplants in the United Kingdom, and overseeing the heart transplant program at the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa, working under Dr. Christiaan Barnard. Open Heart tells the story behind the amazing advances in cardiovascular medicine as performed by the maverick doctors who strived to perfect them. Having interviewed many of the greatest heart surgeons in person during the past 20 years, this book benefits from the emption and excitement of these surgeons’ own words. These men affect everyday lives even more than the early astronauts, who, like these surgeons, had “the right stuff.” But who were they? What drove them to perform the feats they did? Beginning with Claudius Galen, second century A.D. physician to Emperor Marcus Aurelius, and his observations of fallen gladiators, to the major 20th century innovators, Open Heart tells the stories and highlights from the careers of the greatest heart surgeons, including Christiaan Barnard, Denton Cooley, Michael Debakey, and many others. Because of these bold and brilliant physicians, blue babies no longer die at birth, young people can live well into old age, and damaged organs can be transplanted with healthy ones.

Dr. Cooper transforms himself as well, from heart surgeon (and colleague to many of the surgeons profiled in the book) to historian/storyteller as Open Heart portrays the remarkable doctors who have saved the lives of so many others.

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table_of_contents Preface : men who dared to fail -- The long and rugged road : the first 2,500 years -- The first steps forward : boldness and delicacy : Robert Gross and Clarence Crafoord -- Blue babies : the battle to save their lives : Alfred Blalock and Russell Brock -- The seeing finger : opening obstructed valves : Charles Bailey and Dwight Harken -- Six minutes! Hypothermia and the race against time : Wilfred Bigelow, F. John Lewis, and Henry Swan -- Far-fetched ideas : the concept of the heart-lung machine : Clarence Dennis, John Gibbon Jr., Viking Bjork, and Ake Senning -- Innovation and risk : the golden Minneapolis era : C. Walton Lillehei and Richard Varco -- The iceman cometh : establishing the heart-lung machine : John Kirklin -- Bionic men : artificial materials and mechanical valves : Arthur Vorhees, Charles Hufnagel, and Albert Starr -- Life from death : human valve transplants : Donald Ross and Brian Barratt-Boyes -- The floodgates open : surgery for coronary artery disease : Vasilii Kolesov and Rene Favaloro -- The ultimate operation : heart transplantation : Norman Shumway, James Hardy, and Christiaan Barnard -- In the realm of science fiction : mechanical hearts : Willem Kolff, Michael Debakey, Denton Cooley, and William Devries -- The right stuff : those magnificent men and their heart-lung machines.
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