G. Wayne Miller
Adult Nonfiction RD598 .M523 2000
Summary: Few of the great stories of medicine are as palpably dramatic as the invention of open-heart surgery. Few triumphs came at such tragic cost. This is the stow of what motivated doctors to keep trying when so many children perished, literally, in their hands. This is the story of the surgeon many call "the father of open-heart surgery, " Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who pushed ahead through all the bleeding and the dying until he and an extraordinary group of doctors finally got it right. This is the story of their quest, which began in the 1950's and has yielded miraculous results. Today, cardiac surgery is nearly as commonplace as removing an appendix, with almost one million open-heart procedures and coronary bypasses performed every year in the United States. This is the remarkable story of the people who taught us how to do it.
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