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World S Leading Heart Surgeons If Yous leading heart surgeons If you to favor Atul Gawande s Being Mortal or legendary Henry Marsh s Do No Harm you have found the right read on the same level with added gore and blut pooling Open Heart A Cardiac Surgeon s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table cautions us and is not a clean prim or proper ourney detailing 11000 surgeries Stabbings life and death battles and even the surgeon s hand now disfigured
TELL OF HAZARDS COMMONPLACE TO SURGERY MEDICAL STUDENTS MUSTof hazards commonplace to surgery Medical students must Buy and cry This bookugh I really wanted to like it and honesty thought I would I loved When Breath Becomes Air and thought this might be similar Not so much The author is a retired heart surgeon in the UK so a lot of the commentary about their healthcare system NHS felt disconnected to me It was very technical and explained medical procedures in great overly excessive detail and I skimmed through some of these descriptions My biggest complaint about the book however is the fact that Westaby The Origin of Feces just isn t a writer and has little concept of grammatical conventions Every other sentence was a fragment and itust became exhausting to read Many reviews complain about the arrogance of the author and truth be told I didn t mind that reviews complain about the arrogance of the author and truth be told I didn t mind that I actually want a surgeon to be a little arrogant about his abilities but on the flip side I want an author to be aware of basic conventions of writing I read this pretty much in one sitting an incredibly emotional informative and really very addictive memoir here from Stephen Westaby I now know about the human heart than I ever could imagine that I wouldA true trailblazer but oddly for a man of this nature and genius not at all egotistical he came across brilliantly and all the stories he told all the people he saved and the ones he couldn t will stay with me for a long long time Spanning many years and many innovations Fragile Hearts puts life into huge perspective Redeeming the Republic Federalists Taxation and the Origins of the Constitution just how much we rely on the heart to function well was something I had little understanding of now I am literally going to be thankful for every beat Doctors are the unsung heroes sometimes this is the second medical memoir I ve read the brilliant Do No Harm from Henry Marsh being the other which does for the brain what Dr Westaby does for the heart here and I can also highly recommend and it is a fascinating world that we both see and don t seeI m inclined to read like this I was utterly enthralled first page to lastGive it a go I hadust turned 21 when I was told that my Dad had been feeling a little dizzy and breathless at work and my Mum had pretty much played it down to me telling me it was angina and he probably needed some tablets My Dad went to a routine check up at the hospital three weeks later where he had a Transesophageal Echocardiography and what he thought was going to be a swift outpatients in and out Guide to the Contemporary Harp job lead to a weeks stay on the critical care unit and a further three on the recovery ward The consultant had found my Dad had an artery that was 96% blocked and would have been only a matter of time before he would have passed away He needed an urgent coronary bypass surgery operation which he hadust five hours later at 12am midnight To be told that you may lose a parent and I didn t get to see him before he went in was ultimately distressing but I cannot comprehend Plato and Parmenides: Parmenides' Way of Truth and Plato's Parmenides just how my Dad felt at that moment Fourteen years later my Dad is coming up to 70 and have always been truly grateful to the amazing heart surgeons that ultimately saved himDr Westbury was obviously something of a marvel and was masterful in his work I think to do a profession such as that you need to be of a certain character and I know that I certainly couldn t do it Dr Westbury tells us of the many triumphs where his patients of all ages have gone on to live happy and fulfilling lives but also the tragedies where lives were lost way too soon There was muchargon in here and some of it went over my head but it made for interesting reading I did have an issue with Dr Westbury though as skilful as he may be is that is his overall attitude towards the female species was baffling He referred to a patient as blonde and pre. Organ with your bare hand to sueeze the life back into it An off day can have dire conseuences – this ob has a steep learning curve and the cost is measured in human life Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heartProfessor 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. .
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PATIENT HAD APPARENTLY HAD HER BUMhad apparently had her bum out of the hospital gown because it wasn t done up properly Dr Westbury ust reeked of misogyny and he seemed to be rather egotistical in his manner which didn t sit too kindly with me That said the book was interesting and it made me think about my Dad and what a lucky break he had in life We stop life and start it again making things better taking calculated risks Although the 2017 Wellcome Prize shortlist has only ust been announced this is my early favorite for the 2018 prize for fiction and nonfiction on a medical theme What Henry Marsh did for brain surgery in Do No Harm Westaby does for cardiac surgery with this vivid compassionate set of stories culled from a long career at the forefront of artificial heart technologyA working class lad from Scunthorpe who watched his grandfather die of heart failure he made his way up from hospital porter to world leading surgeon after training at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School Each of these case studies from a young African mother and her sick child whom he met while working in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s to a university student who collapses not far from his hospital in Oxford is told in impressive depthAlthough the surgery details are not for the sueamish I found them riveting Westaby conveys a keen sense of the adrenaline rush a surgeon gets while operating with the Grim Reaper looking on I am not a little envious of all that Westaby has achieved not ust saving the occasional life despite his high mortality field as if that weren t enough but also pioneering various artificial heart solutions and a tracheal bypass tube that s named after himLike Marsh he tries not to get emotionally attached to his patients but often fails in this respect Surgeons are meant to be objective not human he shrugs But also like Marsh at his retirement he feels that NHS bureaucracy has tied his hands denying necessary funds and euipment Both authors come across as mavericks who don t play by the rules but save lives anywayA fascinating read for anyone who enjoys books on a medical themeA few favorite lines We were adrenaline Investir dans l'or : le petit manuel pratique junkies living on a continuous high craving action From bleeding patients to cardiac arrests From theatre to intensive care From pub to party What ifs are no good in cardiac surgery they simply don t help My complete nightmare scenario body better brain buggered This is one of those books of medical true life stories but is technical than most By the end I knew a great deal of the structure of the heart blood chemistry and why making lots of pee is extremely important The author is a very forthright sort of man and a very empathetic one too The people he operates on he describes in detail I felt for him when he lost a patient I rejoiced with him when his inventions kept people alive And I held my breath when he operated on a pregnant woman to repair her heart as by now I knew enough of technical details of such operations to appreciateust how difficult it was to put a woman on a heart lung machine and keep the foetus who is not on the machine at all aliveIn the epilogue he castigates the National Health for publishing the death rates of individual heart surgeons people are now frightened away of the speciality leaving the field open to foreign surgeons Operating on extremely ill people who will die without the operation means that some will not survive anyway And surgeons that take on the most difficult of cases are going to have higher losses than those who routinely replace heart valves in patients who are merely at risk The BBC made a tv programme Your Life in Their Hands and one of the uestions asked was one Americans will never be able to appreciate It was whether the NHS should spend a fortune on keeping a 20 year old heart patient alive The author answered it by saying should a first world country not spend the money and let the patient die in misery as in third world countries He
COULD HAVE ADDED OR IN THOSEhave added or in those world countries that won t pay for its citizens to have these extraordinarily expensive operations with pumps or other implants that can cost as much as a fancy car If the country won t pay and the patient can t it really puts that country and the third world ones that can t pay on the same level doesn t it. 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 yearsA 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. Excellent memoir of cardio surgeon If you think your Yoga in the Workplace job is hard please read this book and you ll be happy for theob you have Anyone who reads my blog will know that I rarely if ever review
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by Stephen Westaby one of the most well known cardiac surgeonsStephen Westaby one of the most well known cardiac surgeons hugely prolific in his chosen field A trailblazer from very early on in One of those cases where I was in a funk and ust going through OverDrive app trying to find something different to listen to that would lift me out of the fog and de stress me This one stood out to me the fact Westaby was from the UK peaked my interest too I hadn t listened to someone from that profession who lived outside the USA and it had me very curious I started listening to it the same night on the way to workSlightly disappointed he didn t narrate it himself only because it is always interesting to me anyway to hear the writer s voice but not everyone is meant to be a narrator of audiobooks shrugs The narrator here was very good pleasant voice and I have a crush on his accent hahaAnywaysuick reviewInteresting factor 5 starsWriting 25 stars at times 3 stars at othersThe cases presented here were fascinating engrossing interesting occasionally heartbreaking and also suspenseful I occasionally coughfairlyoftencough sped up the narration to finish a tale or two or three before heading into work Seeing what went on during the operations made me appreciate this profession and the ones who put their patients first The bureaucracypolitics of the medical system baffled me on than one occasion I shared Westaby s frustrations with it all and wanted to shake these people till common sense popped in their heads As my one friend said before This is why some people are frustrated with andor hate the Health professionThe narrator brings everything to life wonderfully with writing that isn t top notch Not bad ust awkward and clunky at times it didn t deter me from going on with the book though Everything discussed in here than made up for it me in this case I admire him for taking the chances he did not many would and like he said as well some or most of these operations may not have happened today The risks he and everyone took may not have gone over as well eitherWould recommend A brilliant thought provoking memoir chronicling renowned heart surgeon Westaby as he details his life and career Starting from humble beginnings the author challenges the perception that only public schoolboys get to be surgeons I was pleasantly surprised to find that the hospital predominately featured in this book was my very own local one and where I began my own career as a registered nurse in 2012 Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting the author personally his accounts of our hospital life ring true from the demands placed on the dedicated staff to the bureaucratic issues that underpin medical and nursing practice I was delighted to find the author repeatedly praised the skill and dedication of the nurses working alongside him something that I have sadly found to be lacking in other medical based memoirs Some of the stories are truly sorrowful others uplifting in the face of adversity But that is modern medicine The author teaches his readers a great detail about cardiology without too much overwhelming medical argon Perfect for those interested in the fundamentals of cardiology Death and surgeons determined walk away from the table is a truly a sight to see In this case it s British Cardiac Surgeon Stephen Westaby Reading Open Heart A Cardiac Surgeon s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table takes us to the discovery of a little baby with a congenital hole in its heart and how nascentes morimur applies Repair is cardinal in the life of this surgeon Within we witness rehabilitation of a mitral valve a donor heart transplantation and the excavation of a heart tumor Westaby is confounded with the politics of medicine and how the NHS recommends that rates for success and failure be published for the world to see The crimson fountain hit the operating lights sprayed the surgeons soaked the green drapes Someone murmured Oh sh I was good with my hands an unders. 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 onGrim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon’s shoulder A slip of the hand and life ebbs awayThe 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. .