Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table [E–pub/Pdf]


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  • Stephen Westaby
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  • 14 November 2020
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Free download Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Stephen Westaby Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table Read & Download Å 9 Stephen Westaby æ 9 Summary 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 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 someones life in your hand. As a rural GP who spent the earlier part of my career in surgery A E and anaesthetics before seeing the light this book really spoke to the part of me that enjoys the adrenaline rush of life and death situations and the heroism of surgery Written as a series of interesting cases where cutting edge surgery dramatically alters the course of he patients lives it is an honest and moving account of a surgeon striving to do his very best for his patients against the many obstacles posed by the NHS money capacity bureaucracy A basic understanding of heart anatomy and the cardio respiratory system is reuired to understand what is wrong with each heart and to follow the surgical procedures but no than my children are learning in GCSE biology A thoroughly enjoyable book which was very though provoking I was struck by the degree of luck involved in getting the best care whether it be collapsing with a VF arrest in a city with a cardiac surgery unit vs a rural village or a consultant cardiac surgeon being unable to ignore a woman crying outside resus while doctors are trying to resuscitate her husband

Free download Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Stephen Westaby

Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Free download Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Stephen Westaby Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table Read & Download Å 9 Stephen Westaby æ 9 Summary SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY PRIZETHE SUNDAY TIMES NO2 BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE BMA PRESIDENTS AWARD 2017An incredible memoir from one of the worlds most eminent heart surgeons recalling some of the most remarkable and poignant cases hes worked onGrim Reaper sits on the heart surgeons 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. I devoured this book The uote used for the final chapter can be applied to my feelings about it Don t cry because it s over smile because it happened I met Stephen Westerby when I was 3 The JR pretty much became our second home as my little sister was born with Downs and had major heart defects Westerby did his thing and perfromed some kind of pioneering op on Libby My mother had been told by Nick Archer to expect the worst she had around a 20% chance of pulling through She was christened at the hospital and although I don t recall much of the chronology mainly vivid snippets I remember being told that I might not see her again What Westerby did I have no idea I d love to read the paper he ostensibly published about it But fundamentally I don t give two hoots what he did he allowed me to have my little sister who is still with us today a beautiful smiling almost 30 year old who loves her life I thank every one of our lucky stars that we lived in Oxford and had such amazing treatment available I disagree with one of the reviews that kindly reminds us of how limited NHS resources are they shouldn t be so I won t get into the politics of how best to run the country but if you disagree with my sentiment then there are parts of this book that will piss you off because it s full of hope and joy that could be spread further with additional health service funding Stephen Westerby is a genius He also spins a good yarn This book made me smile and laugh and cry and feel a little bit knowledgeable about cardiothoracics

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Free download Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Stephen Westaby Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table Read & Download Å 9 Stephen Westaby æ 9 Summary Is no time for doubt It is flesh blood rib retractors and pumping the vital organ with your bare hand to sueeze the life back into it An off day can have dire conseuences this job 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. In recent years a cottage industry has appeared of popular books on medical science They include detailed histories of specific fields such the highly successful books on cancer the Emperor of all Maladies and genes The Gene an Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee Others are personal memoirs such as those of the neurosurgeons Paul Kalanithi When Breath Becomes Air and the brain surgeon Henry Marsh Do No Harm This latest volume by the cardiac surgeon Stephen Westaby is one of the latter Westaby recently retired first announced that he wanted to be a heart surgeon at the remarkable early age of seven a resolve that was strengthened by the death of his grandfather of heart failure and watching a heart operation on television There then started the long hard road from a council house in Scunthorpe to become one of world s most distinguished cardiac surgeons working at some of the best hospitals in the fieldWestaby s memoir differs from others in containing far less personal information and as a result is largely a detailed account of some the very many difficult cases and pioneering procedures that he has been involve in during his long distinguished career Some are truly remarkable such as the first transplant of an artificial heart that did not beat While the accounts are riveting and often brutally shocking reading they are rather technical and without some prior knowledge of the anatomy of the heart and its associated structures they are not easy to follow Nevertheless they give an excellent feel for the pressures of working at the cutting edge of this demanding field and an appreciation of why surgeons need a certain amount of arrogance and self belief if they are to innovate and tackle seemingly impossible proceduresThe writing cannot be faulted for its honestly and frankness successes and disasters are both described and the writer s empathy with his patients is obvious However Westaby is simply not as good a writer as Marsh or Kalanithi and I did not warm to him as a person as I did when reading Henry Marsh s book for example although they share some personal characteristics It is almost as if he is embarrassed to reveal of his personal life or thinks that such things are irrelevant because he does admit that his obsession with cardiac surgery led him to neglect his familyLike Marsh and others Westaby ignored conventions rules and adopted untried techniues and technologies in order to save patients lives Inevitably like them he made enemies with medical directors and the like whose job it was to impose such rules Westaby clearly has interesting things to say about the structural issues and funding problems that sometimes prevented him from treating his patients as he would have wished I would have liked to hear about this Again like Marsh at the end of his book Westaby vents his frustration with the NHS and despairs of the way it has evolved bogged down in bureaucracy that inhibits innovation I wish he had developed this further because I m sure he has valuable ideasOverall this was a very good book about the professional life of a leading cardiac surgeon but could have been even better if the stories had been integrated with his personal life and his views on the practice of medicine today


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    Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table [E–pub/Pdf] I devoured this book The uote used for the final chapter can be applied to my feelings about it; Don't cry because it's over smile because it happened I met Stephen Westerby when I was 3 The JR pretty much became our second

  2. says: Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table [E–pub/Pdf] Free download Õ E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Stephen Westaby Stephen Westaby æ 9 Summary

    Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table [E–pub/Pdf] In recent years a cottage industry has appeared of popular books on medical science They include detailed histories of specific fields such the highly successful books on cancer the Emperor of all Maladies and genes The Gene an Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee Others are personal memoirs such as those of the neurosurgeons Paul Kalanithi When Breath Becomes Air and the brain surgeon Henry Marsh Do No Har

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    Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table [E–pub/Pdf] review Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table Having read a similar book by a well known brain surgeon I thought I would try a similar book However I found it to be very technical despite in

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