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The matter of the heart: a history of the heart in eleven operations

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Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press,
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First U.S. edition.

An eye-opening and heroic story of pioneering heart surgeons, structured around eleven operations.

For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on.

Then, in the late nineteenth century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. The following decades saw the mysteries of the heart exposed, thanks to pioneering surgeons, brave patients and even sacrificial dogs.

In eleven landmark operations, Thomas Morris tells us stories of triumph, reckless bravery, swaggering arrogance, jealousy and rivalry, and incredible ingenuity: the trail-blazing 'blue baby' procedure that transformed wheezing infants into pink, healthy children; the first human heart transplant, which made headline news around the globe. And yet the heart still feels sacred: just before the operation to fit one of the first artificial hearts, the patient's wife asked the surgeon if he would still be able to love her.

The Matter of the Heart gives us a view over the surgeon's shoulder, showing us the heart's inner workings and failings. It describes both a human story and a history of risk-taking that has ultimately saved millions of lives.

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display_descriptionThrough the stories of eleven landmark heart surgeries between 1945 and 2005, Morris shows the achievements made by cardiac surgeons -- and the committed bravery, occasional arrogance, jealous rivalry, and incredible ingenuity they displayed to get the job done. Peer over the surgeon's shoulders and into the miracle of the human body, and discover the history of risk-taking that has ultimately saved millions of lives.
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subject_facetHeart -- Surgery -- History -- Case studies
Heart surgeons -- Surgery -- Case studies
title_displayThe matter of the heart : a history of the heart in eleven operations
title_fullThe matter of the heart : a history of the heart in eleven operations / Thomas Morris
title_shortThe matter of the heart
title_suba history of the heart in eleven operations
Heart surgeons