The Resource Fragile lives : a heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table, Professor Stephen Westaby

Fragile lives : a heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table, Professor Stephen Westaby

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Fragile lives : a heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table
Title
Fragile lives
Title remainder
a heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table
Statement of responsibility
Professor Stephen Westaby
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
An incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons and some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he's worked on. Grim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon's shoulder. A slip of the hand and life ebbs away. 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 - such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks by six months old, a woman who lived the nightmare of locked-in syndrome, and a man whose life was powered by a battery for eight years. A powerful, important and incredibly moving book, Fragile Lives offers an exceptional insight into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery, and how it feels to hold someone's life in your hands
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Awards note
Costa Biography Award, Shortlist 2017.
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
AU@
Dewey number
617.412092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Fragile lives : a heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table, Professor Stephen Westaby
Label
Fragile lives : a heart surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table, Professor Stephen Westaby
Publication
Note
  • Also published as: Open heart : a cardiac surgeon's stories of life and death on the operating table. New York : Basic Books, 2017
  • Includes index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The ether dome -- Humble beginnings -- Lord Brock's boots -- Township boy -- The girl with no name -- The man with two hearts -- Saving Julie's heart -- The black banana -- Domino heart -- Life on a battery -- Anna's story -- Mr Clark -- Adrenaline rush -- Double jeopardy -- Your life in their hands
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22 cm
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Extent
xi, 340 pages
Isbn
9780008209360
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)973339591

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