Open Heart

Open Heart

A Cardiac Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Book - 2017
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In gripping prose, one of the world's leading cardiac surgeons lays bare both the wonder and the horror of a life spent a heartbeat away from death

When Stephen Westaby witnessed a patient die on the table during open-heart surgery for the first time, he was struck by the quiet, determined way the surgeons walked away. As he soon understood, this detachment is a crucial survival strategy in a profession where death is only a heartbeat away. In Open Heart, Westaby reflects on over 11,000 surgeries, showing us why the procedures have never become routine and will never be. With astonishing compassion, he recounts harrowing and sometimes hopeful stories from his operating room: we meet a pulseless man who lives with an electric heart pump, an expecting mother who refuses surgery unless the doctors let her pregnancy reach full term, and a baby who gets a heart transplant-only to die once it's in place.

For readers of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Open Heart offers a soul-baring account of a life spent in constant confrontation with death.



Baker & Taylor
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.

Baker
& Taylor

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. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2017
ISBN: 9780465094837
Branch Call Number: 617.412 WES
Characteristics: x, 287 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Jul 13, 2017

I found my heart racing as the author took us from one dying surgical patient
To the next.
This is a real life thriller with patients as victims; heart disease as villain and a brilliant surgeon
As protagonist.
One of the best memoirs out there today.

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