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The Heart Club: A history of London’s heart surgery pioneers PDF.
The heroic early days of cardiac surgery in Britain could not be more powerfully evoked than in this compulsively readable book.’ James Le Fanu, The Telegraph
Surgery on the heart was explicitly ruled out by the medical teaching of the 1940s.
A team of London doctors and scientists led by Russell Brock were determined to challenge and reverse that dogma. Together, they would help to change the history of heart surgery and the chances of survival for future patients. Brock, who had cared for the injured in London throughout the war, was poised to operate on the heart. The outstanding American surgeon Dwight Harken had trained under Brock at the Brompton. They later spent time together at a US army hospital, set in a cluster of huts in the English countryside in anticipation of the 1944 D-day landings. Brock watched Harken remove bullets and shrapnel from soldiers’ hearts and heard him speak at a 1945 meeting of British surgeons. Harken told them about operations on 134 soldiers, all of whom had survived. Coincidentally, wartime comrades in the allied forces medical services had built a bond between Guy’s and Johns Hopkins Hospital, funded by the Clothworkers’ Livery Company. This brought the surgeon Alfred Blalock to Guy’s in 1947 to perform and teach a new operation for children with fatal congenital heart disease. These were familiar at the time as ‘blue babies’ and the operations began to save their lives. With this tangible evidence from Harken and Blalock, Brock’s group — they called themselves a ‘club’ — set out to advance heart surgery.
Their work was meticulously chronicled in a rediscovered volume of minutes which form The Heart Club by cardiothoracic surgeon Tom Treasure. Many of the doctors who were members of the club were his teachers and mentors. To complete the story, three survivors, whose lives were saved by early heart operations, tell their life stories from being blue babies of the 1940s to the present.
The Heart Club is a remarkable account of the magic of medicine and the tenacity of surgical pioneers.
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For students of all the branches of medicine and surgery and health professionals that aspire to be greater and better at their procedures and medications. A renowned book by those who have read it and learnt from it. Many have already ordered it and is on the way to their home. Whether you work in the USA, Canada, UK or anywhere around the world. If you are working as a health professional then this is a must read.. The most reviewed on book “The Heart Club: A history of London’s heart surgery pioneers PDF” is available for grabs now here on our website free. Whatever books, mainly textbooks we have in professional courses specially Medicine and surgery is a compendium in itself so understand one book you need to refer another 2-10 books. Beside this there are various other text material which needs to be mastered!! Only reference books are partially read but all other books have to be read, commanded and in fact read multiple times.
Tom Treasure MD MS FRCS, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospitals, London, UK
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- Publisher : Clink Street Publishing (September 21, 2017)
Language : English
Hardcover : 312 pages
International Standard Book Number-10 : 1911525840
International Standard Book Number-13 : 978-1911525844
Item Weight : 1.28 pounds
Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.81 x 9.02 inches
- The Heart Club: A history of London’s heart surgery pioneers PDF
A Lifesaving Odyssey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2017
1948 The Heart Club had its first meeting at Guy’s Hospital to discuss what was then unexplored territory in England -the treatment of congenital diseases of the heart. Russell Block , a surgeon to Guy’s, had witnessed an American Army surgeon Dwight Harken removing bits of shrapnel from the hearts of wounded soldiers . This inspired him to consider operating on the hearts of children with congenital deformities of the heart otherwise a fatal condition eventually at a young age. The club had surgeons, Cardiologists , pathologists and anaesthetists involved in the treatment of these unfortunate children. They met monthly and excellent minutes were written. They contained the discussions of the slow progress of the new speciality. until 1956. The book was found when the medical wards in Hunt’s House were being demolished and fortunately Professor Tom Treasure, a cardiac surgeon at Guy’s salvaged them and has produced a fascinating record with photographs of the original pages and more importantly a glossary of the technical terms with a list of abbreviations and biographical notes on everyone recorded. I remember as a young medical student seeing children with severe rheumatic disease of the heart and the cardiologist saying that in Guy’s a surgeon was starting to operate on these cases. Having read this book I can now understand the progress that has been made. It is a serious read but the glossaries and notes make it a fascinating one.
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Interesting read, well written.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2017
Saw the author discussing this book on TV and it was just what I was looking for for a friend’s birthday as he has had heart problems and the operations to help. He found it well written and fascinating.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2017
Fascinating and touching reports from the first groundbreaking heart surgeons. Readable and informative.
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