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Author Forrester, James, 1937- author.

Title The heart healers : the misfits, mavericks, and rebels who created the greatest medical breakthrough of our lives / James Forrester, M.D.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    616.12 FOR    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xii, 388 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Contents Escape from the dark ages. A day like all days ; "What man meant for evil, God meant for good" ; A river of blood ; The pain of the pioneer ; A hill of bones ; An impossible dream -- The industrial revolution. Electrifying discoveries ; The heart that skipped a beat ; Singed wings ; How to win a Nobel prize -- The past creates the present. One man's disaster is another man's breakthrough ; When the pampas came to Cleveland ; Expanding horizons ; "The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won" ; Merging streams ; The clot busters ; The birth of biotechnology ; A balloon in Z├╝rich ; Conquering Atlanta ; Pricking Andreas's balloon -- How to conquer coronary artery disease. Why do atheromas form in blood vessels? ; Plaque rupture, heart attack, and sudden death ; A moldy gift ; Yosemite ; Conquering cad in our lifetime ; The present creates the future ; "Attention must be paid".
Summary "At one time, heart disease was a death sentence. In The Heart Healers, world renowned cardiologist Dr. James Forrester tells the story of the mavericks and rebels who defied the accumulated medical wisdom of the day to begin conquering heart disease. By the middle of the 20th century, heart disease was killing millions and, as with the Black Death centuries before, physicians stood helpless. Visionaries, though, had begun to make strides earlier. On Sept. 7, 1895, Ludwig Rehn successfully sutured the heart of a living man with a knife wound to the chest for the first time. Once it was deemed possible to perform surgery on the heart, others followed. In 1929, Dr. Werner Forssman inserted a cardiac catheter in his own arm and forced the X-ray technician on duty to take a photo as he successfully threaded it down the vein into his own heart...and lived. On June 6, 1944--D-Day--another momentous event occurred far from the Normandy beaches: Dr. Dwight Harken sutured the shrapnel-injured heart of a young soldier, saved his life and the term 'cardiac surgeon' born. Dr. Forrester tells the story of these rebels and the risks they took with their own lives and the lives of others to heal the most elemental of human organs--the heart. The result is a compelling chronicle of a disease and its cure, a disease that is still with us, but one that is slowly being worn away by 'The Heart Healers'"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [341]-367) and index.
Subject Cardiology -- History.
ISBN 9781250058393 hardcover
1250058392 hardcover

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