The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives James S. Forrester M.D.

ISBN: 9781250058393

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400 pages


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The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives  by  James  S. Forrester M.D.

The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives by James S. Forrester M.D.
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When I saw the size of this book, I just about had a heart attack! (Or, rather, a myocardial infarction, if you want to get technical.) And James Forrester, M.D., does get technical in this book. But dont worry, hes a skilled writer, so you coast along with him as he wends his way from the pioneer days of heart surgery to the present, examining the advancements made one by one, as surgeons both brilliant and eccentric built on the discoveries of the surgeons that came before them.Dr.

Forrester tells the story of how the miracle surgeries of today got their start in the labs and operating rooms of doctors who were brave enough to think outside the box and make connections previously unmade. Revolutions occur when happenstance opens the door just a crack, and a unique individual standing at the door glimpses a shimmering possibility that the rest of humanity has missed, he writes.Those standing at the door include Dr. Dwight Harken, who first dared to operate during World War II on the heart, an organ previously thought to be untouchable, by devising a way to remove shrapnel.

Drs. John Gibbon and Clarence Dennis teamed up with IBM to come up with a heart-lung machine. Dr. Charles Dotter and Dr. Mason Sones discovered a way to look at the inside of coronary arteries and see heart disease in the making.But the book is not all roses and rainbows. The practice of medicine, Dr. Forrester says, is often a matter of trial and error. In medicine, he says, we learn more from our mistakes than from our successes. Error exposes truth. The errors he recounts shine a light on the horrors of a death on the operating table, a life cut short, children left motherless, hearts that are too good to die, as Dr.

Forrester puts it, but do indeed die anyway.The book is dense with information and you might lose your way if you put the book down, as I did, and then pick it up again some hours or days later. I had to backtrack several times to make sense of stories that began, were interrupted with another story, and then picked back up again twelve pages later.

But its worth the effort for this fascinating history.The only thing that disheartened me is that in his concluding chapters, Dr. Forrester optimistically gives his recipe for avoiding heart disease, and of course, it includes commitment to a better diet and exercise. Two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, and no one seems able to convince people that they are digging their own graves. I know from personal experience how difficult it is to take off weight and keep it off, and I wish I - or Dr.

Forrester - could convince people of the worth of the effort. But few people are willing to listen. Im glad we have authors like Dr. Forrester to add their voice to the urgency of the message.



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