Few of the great stories of medicine are as palpably dramatic as
the invention of open-heart surgery, yet, until now, no journalist
has ever brought all of the thrilling specifics of this triumph to
This is the story of the surgeon many call the father of open-heart
surgery, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who, along with colleagues at
University Hospital in Minneapolis and a small band of pioneers
elsewhere, accomplished what many experts considered to be an
impossible feat: He opened the heart, repaired fatal defects, and
made the miraculous routine.
Acclaimed author G. Wayne Miller draws on archival research and
exclusive interviews with Lillehei and legendary pioneers such as
Michael DeBakey and Christiaan Barnard, taking readers into the
lives of these doctors and their patients as they progress toward
their landmark achievement. In the tradition of works by Richard
Rhodes and Tracy Kidder, King of Hearts tells the story of an
important and gripping piece of forgotten science history.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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