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King of hearts : the true story of the maverick who pioneered open-heart surgery

Author: G Wayne Miller
Publisher: New York : Times Books, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"G. Wayne Miller has dramatically and meticulously reconstructed an amazing true story: how a group of renegade Minnesota surgeons, led by Dr. Walt Lillehei, made medical history by becoming the first doctors to operate deep inside the human heart." "Miller tells the story of Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who, along with colleagues at University Hospital in Minneapolis and a small band of pioneers elsewhere, accomplished  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Miller, G. Wayne.
King of hearts.
New York : Times Books, ©2000
(OCoLC)606366605
Online version:
Miller, G. Wayne.
King of hearts.
New York : Times Books, ©2000
(OCoLC)609240860
Named Person: C Walton Lillehei; C Walton Lillehei; C Walton Lillehei
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: G Wayne Miller
ISBN: 0812930037 9780812930030
OCLC Number: 41834023
Description: xv, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Red alert --
A river of blood --
Surgeon-scientists --
Invasive procedures --
Blue babies --
Animal testing --
A 10 percent solution --
The human candidates --
Brave hearts --
Zero time --
Lourdes in Minneapolis --
Needles and bubbles --
One red rose --
Moral considerations --
New York medicine --
Bread upon the waters --
Epilogue: The right stuff.
Responsibility: G. Wayne Miller.
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"G. Wayne Miller has dramatically and meticulously reconstructed an amazing true story: how a group of renegade Minnesota surgeons, led by Dr. Walt Lillehei, made medical history by becoming the first doctors to operate deep inside the human heart." "Miller tells the story of Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who, along with colleagues at University Hospital in Minneapolis and a small band of pioneers elsewhere, accomplished what many experts considered to be an impossible feat: he opened the heart, repaired fatal defects, and made the miraculous routine." "Miller draws on archival research and exclusive interviews with Lillehei and legendary pioneers such as Michael DeBakey and Christiaan Barnard, taking readers into the lives of these doctors and their patients as they progress toward their landmark achievement. Beginning in the 1950s with highly unorthodox operations simultaneously on two people - experiments that in today's political climate might not be possible - Lillehei and his colleagues took risks that resulted in rivers of blood and cost the lives of several early patients. But ultimately this is a story of triumph: King of Hearts is a true life-and-death drama about the surgeons who risked their reputations, and the patients who risked their lives, to revolutionize health care."--Jacket.

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