Fragile lives; a heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table
Publication year: 2017
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two. In the operating room there is no time for doubt. It is flesh, blood, rib-retractors and pumping the vital organ with your bare hand to squeeze the life back into it. An off-day can have dire consequences - this job has a steep learning curve, and the cost is measured in human life. Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heart. Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery. He saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty-five year career and now, in his astounding memoir, Westaby details some of his most remarkable and poignant cases.
Additional information: xi, 340 pages, 23 cm
Excellent book, though had to skip a few paragraphs as too grisly for me.