Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart

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Simon & Schuster, 2006 - Heart - 356 pages
Many remember the proudly beaming face of South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard after he performed the first human heart transplant. But he was not alone in his quest. In truth it was a fourway race, a fierce struggle fraught with passionate rivalry. Three other surgeons were giants in the field, and by early December 1967 all were poised to make medical history. Each had spent years perfecting his techniques; each monitored his chosen patient's condition, watching the clock, hoping a donor would be found in time. From a dank, under-equipped hospital in Cape Town to a cramped lab in San Francisco, the surgeons worked miracles, testing the limits of both science and nature. Some were friends; others were enemies. Only one would be the first.

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I found this book really interesting. It was hard to follow at firse since there's 4 different doctors written about and the author jumps from one to he other. It was a great read about the lives of each doctor and their different personalities. It was enjoyable. Read full review

EVERY SECOND COUNTS: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart

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When the South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant in 1967, his success dashed the hopes of three American cardiac surgeons. Adrian Kantrowitz, Richard Lower ... Read full review


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