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The Resource Open heart : a cardiac surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table, Stephen Westaby

Open heart : a cardiac surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table, Stephen Westaby

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Open heart : a cardiac surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table
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Open heart
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a cardiac surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table
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Stephen Westaby
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Open heart
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a cardiac surgeons stories of life and death on the operating table
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eng
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A veteran Oxford heart surgeon imparts the hard-won lessons of a life lived on the brink, sharing the stories of remarkable cases from his career while revealing why heart procedures have never become routine
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  • /* Starred Review */ Pioneering English heart surgeon Westaby champions the extraordinary accomplishments of artificial heart technology in his dazzling memoir. He chronicles his own swashbuckling role in advancing their use, reflecting on a few of the 12,000 “desperately sick” patients for whom he refused to give up hope. They include Julie, a 21-year-old student-teacher for whom an implanted device marked the start of an alternative treatment to a heart transplant; 10-year-old Stephan, whose Berlin Heart device kept him alive until a donor heart was found; 58-year-old Peter, whose eight years of life with a “Jarvik 2000” mechanical heart proved “that extra life is not ordinary life”; and six-month-old Kristy, whose failing heart was “reconfigured,” in the process demonstrating that an infant’s cardiac stem cells can regenerate heart muscle. Westaby energetically details these life-and-death battles, conceding that he follows the advice of his hero, Winston Churchill: “Never surrender.” Westaby grew up poor and decided to become a heart surgeon at age seven after watching American doctors on TV close a hole in someone’s heart. After witnessing a catastrophic and haunting operation as a med student, he realized that “it is tomorrow that matters.” For this trailblazing surgeon, saving lives means keeping an unflinching eye on the future. Agent: George Lucas, InkWell. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 04/24/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 17, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A first-rate memoir from a British heart surgeon.Westaby, a consultant cardiac surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, credits his grandfather for teaching him how to paint—for "connecting his hand to his brain" when he was a child­—but seeing his painful deterioration from heart failure inspired the author's pursuit of heart surgery—that and a mid-1950s American TV show featuring heart operations. So it was that the dirt-poor boy from a steel town outside of London made it to Charing Cross Hospital Medical School and on to a distinguished career. Following brief biographical chapters and some helpful heart anatomy lessons, the text is a series of you-are-there accounts of Westaby working in operating rooms around the world. In spare prose, he describes what he and his surgical team do to close a congenital hole in an infant's heart, repair a mitral valve, transplant a donor heart, or implant an artificial one in the form of a ventricular assist pump. Readers will not soon forget the author's stories about a baby in dire need of surgery to remove a heart tumor or the gang member stabbed close to his heart. Despite the cool detachment espoused by specialists engaged in daily life-or-death battles, Westaby comes across as caring and compassionate. This also manifests in his inveighing against Britain's National Health Service for not covering costly but lifesaving pumps. (Many of the pumps Westaby implanted were paid for by private charities.) The NHS also insists that heart surgeons' success and failure rates be published, which, since heart surgery is inherently hazardous, Westaby sees as an excellent way to discourage future practitioners. Indeed, his own accounts do not always end happily. Now, following thousands of surgeries, the author's hand is permanently disfigured, and he no longer operates. He continues as a consultant, recognized for developing new surgical techniques and advancing artificial heart technology. Not without some gore but required reading for medical students and hospital-show junkies but also for anyone curious to learn about hearts and the heroic measures to save them.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2017)
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Westaby, Stephen
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617.4/12
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Westaby, Stephen
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Cardiologists
  • Heart
  • Heart surgeons
  • MEDICAL / Cardiology
  • MEDICAL / Clinical Medicine
  • MEDICAL / Physician & Patient
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a cardiac surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table
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Open heart : a cardiac surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table, Stephen Westaby
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Includes index
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Contents
The ether dome -- Humble beginnings -- Lord Brock's boots -- Township boy -- The girl with no name -- The man with two hearts -- Saving Julie's heart -- The black banana -- Domino heart -- Life on a battery -- Anna's story -- Mr. Clark -- Adrenaline rush -- Despair -- Double jeopardy -- Your life in their hands
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1826336
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25 cm
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x, 287 pages
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9780465094837
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2016058151
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780465094837
  • (OCoLC)958798479
Label
Open heart : a cardiac surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table, Stephen Westaby
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The ether dome -- Humble beginnings -- Lord Brock's boots -- Township boy -- The girl with no name -- The man with two hearts -- Saving Julie's heart -- The black banana -- Domino heart -- Life on a battery -- Anna's story -- Mr. Clark -- Adrenaline rush -- Despair -- Double jeopardy -- Your life in their hands
Control code
1826336
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 287 pages
Isbn
9780465094837
Lccn
2016058151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465094837
  • (OCoLC)958798479

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