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The Resource Journey into the heart : a tale of pioneering doctors and their race to transform cardiovascular medicine, by David Monagan ; with David O. Williams, medical editor

Journey into the heart : a tale of pioneering doctors and their race to transform cardiovascular medicine, by David Monagan ; with David O. Williams, medical editor

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Journey into the heart : a tale of pioneering doctors and their race to transform cardiovascular medicine
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Journey into the heart
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a tale of pioneering doctors and their race to transform cardiovascular medicine
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by David Monagan ; with David O. Williams, medical editor
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eng
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  • This engrossing if overwritten account pays tribute to the unconventional heroes of the past century who have greatly enhanced human life expectancy. Monagan, a medical journalist, and Williams, head of interventional cardiology at Brown/Rhode Island Hospital, dedicate the bulk of their well-researched story to Andreas Gruentzig, an East German refugee who landed at Atlanta's Emory University in 1980 and whose balloon angioplasty breakthroughs have meant knifeless surgery for millions of patients. Another doctor who earlier changed the face of cardiovascular medicine was Nobel laureate and repentant former Nazi Werner Forssmann, an impetuous German who had performed death-defying experiments on himself in the 1920s, including threading a catheter into his heart—the first time the feat was ever performed on a human subject. An early specialist in pediatric cardiology in the Cleveland Clinic in the 1950s, Mason Sones pioneered fluoroscopic pinpoint mappings of the hidden recesses of the coronary arteries, paving the way for coronary bypass surgery. People suffering from—and surviving—cardiovascular disease may be curious to read about the advances that have saved their lives. (Feb. 1) --Staff (Reviewed October 30, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 43, p45)
  • While this book's title suggests a general history of interventional cardiology, it is largely an admiring biography of Andreas Gruentzig, inventor of the balloon-tipped angioplasty catheter and a trailblazer in its use. Gruentzig's life is traced, with the emphasis beginning as he worked to improvise the device in his kitchen in Zurich. It then follows him through the first procedure in 1977, tracks his rapid rise in the profession, and ends with his death in 1985. Few details of his personal life seem to have been omitted, and other cardiologists are touched on only briefly. Journalist Monagan (Jaywalking with the Irish ) writes enthusiastically, working in large part from numerous interviews with family members and those who knew and worked with Gruentzig. Richard J. Bing's Cardiology: The Evolution of the Science and the Art is a more balanced look at the field, but Monagan offers a unique personal look at one of its pioneers. Recommended for medical libraries and public libraries with large biography collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/06.]—Dick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver --Dick Maxwell (Reviewed December 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 20, p151)
  • Science writer Monagan teams up with cardiologist Williams for an engaging and informative history of angioplasty. With some two million now performed annually, this minimally invasive procedure has come to challenge bypass surgery in the world of cardiology. The central figure in its development was Andreas Gruentzig, a young German physician who performed the first coronary balloon angioplasty on a conscious human patient, at University Hospital in Zurich in 1977. But Gruentzig's breakthrough depended on the earlier work of several others. Werner Forssmann, a young German surgical resident, proved in 1929 that a catheter could safely be inserted into a human heart by doing just that to himself. In 1958, Mason Sones of the Cleveland Clinic demonstrated that a contrast agent could be directly injected into a coronary artery, thus enabling doctors to view and photograph these arteries and any obstructions in them. University of Oregon radiologist Charles Dotter took the penultimate step in 1964, when he used multiple catheters of increasing size to open blocked arteries in the legs of patients, moving radiology from diagnostic imaging toward non-surgical intervention to treat vascular disease. Tinkering at his kitchen table, Gruentzig began attaching balloons to Dotter's catheters, eventually coming up with the device that revolutionized cardiology. Gruentzig was soon persuaded to move to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where the colorful physician quickly became rich and acquired a large house, a private plane and a new wife. The authors show the reaction of open-heart surgeons to the introduction of this new, less-invasive procedure and blend into their narrative the complicated story of rivalries and machinations among the various manufacturers of the devices that made angioplasty possible.Technical information presented with clarity makes this scientific narrative accessible to laypeople; up-close-and-personal portraits of the leading characters, assessing their private peccadilloes as well as their professional accomplishments, make it much fun to read. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2006)
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collective biography
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201956
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Monagan, David
Dewey number
616.1/2009
Index
index present
LC call number
RC666.5
LC item number
.M66 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
NLM call number
WZ 112.5.C2
NLM item number
M734j 2007
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1943-
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Williams, David O.
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True
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  • Cardiology
  • Heart
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiology
  • History, 20th Century
  • Thoracic Surgery
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a tale of pioneering doctors and their race to transform cardiovascular medicine
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Journey into the heart : a tale of pioneering doctors and their race to transform cardiovascular medicine, by David Monagan ; with David O. Williams, medical editor
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0619/2006026948.html
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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9781592402656
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2006026948
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Journey into the heart : a tale of pioneering doctors and their race to transform cardiovascular medicine, by David Monagan ; with David O. Williams, medical editor
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0619/2006026948.html
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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618944
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cm
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pages
Isbn
9781592402656
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(hardcover)
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2006026948
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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