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Last Night in the OR

Last Night in the OR Author Bud Shaw
ISBN-10 9780698187412
Release 2015-09-15
Pages 304
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For readers of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Paul A. Ruggieri's Confessions of a Surgeon, and Atul Gawande's Better, a pioneering surgeon shares memories from a life in one of surgery’s most demanding fields The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. He reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career: telling a patient's husband that his wife has died during surgery; struggling to complete a twenty-hour operation as mental and physical exhaustion inch closer and closer; and flying to retrieve a donor organ while the patient waits in the operating room. Within these more emotionally charged vignettes are quieter ones, too, like growing up in rural Ohio, and being awakened late at night by footsteps in the hall as his father, also a surgeon, slipped out of the house to attend to a patient in the ER. In the tradition of Mary Roach, Jerome Groopman, Eric Topol, and Atul Gawande, Last Night in the OR is an exhilarating, fast-paced, and beautifully written memoir, one that will captivate readers with its courage, intimacy, and honesty.

Last Night in the OR

Last Night in the OR Author Bud Shaw
ISBN-10 9780147515339
Release 2015
Pages 292
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The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. Within each emotionally charged vignette lie quieter moments, too, like growing up in rural Ohio, and being awakened late at night by footsteps in the hall as his father, also a surgeon, slipped out of the house to attend to a patient in the ER. Exhilarating, fast-paced and beautifully written.


Transplant Author Nicholas L. Tilney
ISBN-10 0300099630
Release 2003
Pages 320
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Drawing on firsthand experience, a pioneer in organ transplantation discussesthe amazing advances in the field. 53 illustrations.

A History of Organ Transplantation

A History of Organ Transplantation Author David Hamilton
ISBN-10 9780822977841
Release 2012
Pages 576
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"The first book of its kind, A History of Organ Transplantation examines the evolution of surgical tissue replacement from classical times to the medieval period to the present day. This volume will be useful to undergraduates, graduate students, scholars, surgeons, and the general public. Both Western and non-Western experiences as well as folk practices are included."--Project Muse.

How to do a Liver Transplant

How to do a Liver Transplant Author Kellee Slater
ISBN-10 9781742241487
Release 2013-08-01
Pages 272
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When everything is in place and both teams are ready, someone cries out ‘Cross-clamp!’ Then it is on for young and old as the clock is ticking. Up to this point, it has been a careful and considered surgery. Now it is all about speed. We move like Edward Scissorhands, chop, chop, chop. This is the trickiest part – to move fast without cutting something you shouldn’t. Welcome to the adrenaline-charged world of transplant surgery. Top Australian surgeon Dr Kellee Slater invites us inside the operating theatre with her dedicated team as she performs life-or-death surgery on a newborn baby, brings a dying liver back to life with a staple gun in each hand, and undertakes the confronting task of removing donor organs. How to Do a Liver Transplant is an enthralling – and often blackly funny – glimpse over the shoulder of a gifted surgeon.

Cutting Remarks

Cutting Remarks Author Sidney M. Schwab
ISBN-10 1583941479
Release 2006
Pages 227
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"A prominent surgeon's reflections on his medical training and profession, a nuanced, behind-the scenes picture of modern medicine and how doctors relate to both their peers and their patients. Above all a portrait of the kind of character it takes to bea

Confessions of a Surgeon

Confessions of a Surgeon Author Paul A. Ruggieri M.D.
ISBN-10 9781101554043
Release 2012-01-03
Pages 272
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As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the O.R. and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting. He uncovers the truth about the abusive, exhaustive training and the arduous devotion of his old-school education. He explores the twenty-four-hour challenges that come from patients and their loved ones; the ethics of saving the lives of repugnant criminals; the hot-button issues of healthcare, lawsuits, and reimbursements; and the true cost of running a private practice. And he explains the influence of the "white coat code of silence" and why patients may never know what really transpires during surgery. Ultimately, Dr. Ruggieri lays bare an occupation that to most is as mysterious and unfamiliar as it is misunderstood. His account is passionate, illuminating, and often shocking-an eye-opening, never- before-seen look at real life, and death, in the O.R.

Heart Matters

Heart Matters Author Kathy Magliato, M.D.
ISBN-10 9780307951946
Release 2011-01-11
Pages 272
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An inspiring, surprising, sometimes shocking, and ultimately deeply informative memoir of the high-stakes, high-pressured life of a female heart surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of the few female heart surgeons practicing in the world today. She is also a member of an even more exclusive group—those surgeons specially trained to perform heart transplants. Heart Matters is the story of the making of a surgeon who is also a wife and mother. In this powerful and moving memoir, which inspired the NBC series Heart Beat, Dr. Magliato takes us into her highly demanding, physically intense, male-dominated world and shows us how she masterfully works to save patients' lives every day, while also maintaining balance at home. Heart Matters is also a wake-up call to all women about their number one killer - heart disease - and explains how to avoid becoming a victim. Magliato offers a vivid behind-the-scenes view of what really goes on in an operating room and the real-life drama that occurs there. She shows the passion and commitment between patient and doctor, revealing that, at the end of a long day, it's our hearts that matter most.

The Heart Healers

The Heart Healers Author James Forrester, M.D.
ISBN-10 9781466862555
Release 2015-09-29
Pages 320
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At one time, heart disease was a death sentence. In The Heart Healers, world renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. James Forrester tells the story of the mavericks and rebels who defied the accumulated medical wisdom of the day to begin conquering heart disease. By the middle of the 20th century, heart disease was killing millions and, as with the Black Death centuries before, physicians stood helpless. Visionaries, though, had begun to make strides earlier. On Sept. 7, 1895, Ludwig Rehn successfully sutured the heart of a living man with a knife wound to the chest for the first time. Once it was deemed possible to perform surgery on the heart, others followed. In 1929, Dr. Werner Forssman inserted a cardiac catheter in his own arm and forced the x-ray technician on duty to take a photo as he successfully threaded it down the vein into his own heart...and lived. On June 6, 1944 - D-Day - another momentous event occurred far from the Normandy beaches: Dr. Dwight Harken sutured the shrapnel-injured heart of a young soldier, saved his life and the term "cardiac surgeon" born. Dr. Forrester tells the story of these rebels and the risks they took with their own lives and the lives of others to heal the most elemental of human organs - the heart. The result is a compelling chronicle of a disease and its cure, a disease that is still with us, but one that is slowly being worn away by "The Heart Healers".

The Real Grey s Anatomy

The Real Grey s Anatomy Author Andrew Holtz
ISBN-10 1101171464
Release 2010-01-05
Pages 336
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Find out what makes surgical residents tick… • Do surgeons talk about their sex lives while cutting a heart open? • How much time do surgical interns actually spend in the OR? • Do surgeons respond to death as objective doctors or as compassionate people? • How do they react when asked to save the life of an abuser or a criminal or an addict? Since its debut, the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has raised compelling questions like these. With an emphasis on the personal lives of the surgical interns, residents, and attending physicians, the show has generated a flurry of interest in how these medical professionals really make it through one of the most rigorous educational programs around. How much of the medical drama seen in Grey’s Anatomy is pure entertainment, and how much is an accurate reflection of life both in and out of the OR? Here, a well-known medical journalist provides some answers. He examines a group of new surgical residents at a major teaching hospital in the Pacific Northwest as they tackle the roller-coaster ride of long hours, fascinating procedures, mundane office tasks, and emotional ups and downs that comprise the life of a student of surgery.

A Transplant for Katy

A Transplant for Katy Author Luis Fabregas
ISBN-10 0615672310
Release 2012-09-01
Pages 216
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In the summer of 2005, the pioneer surgeon known as the father of organ transplantation thought he'd finally found a way to the field's Holy Grail - transplanting an organ without subjecting the patient to potentially deadly anti-rejection drugs. To test his ambitious new protocol, Dr. Thomas Starzl and his team needed ten patients. Katy Miller would be the first. Smart, beautiful and sick with an illness guaranteed to destroy her liver, Katy agreed to a transplant using part of her sister's liver. But Starzl's long standing dream backfired. Katy died at 21, touching off a firestorm of controversy at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. A Transplant for Katy depicts the dramatic efforts to save a star patient - and the reputation of the world's leading transplant center, where patients from as far as Egypt and Libya came in search of a miracle. The book reveals details about the last working days of Starzl, who stopped doing surgeries in 1991 but never lost his passion for transplants. His obsession to wean patients off immunosuppression drove him to question Katy's treatment at the hospital where he was once king and pushed him to an unlikely feud with a much younger and aggressive transplant chief, Amadeo Marcos. Starzl became so enraged about Katy's case that he launched an unauthorized review of every single liver transplant performed by Marcos in Pittsburgh. His findings rattled administrators: serious complications in nearly 60 percent of the live-donor liver surgeries, a rate much higher than expected. As Starzl's battle with Marcos escalated, university officials banned Starzl from setting foot on the transplant center named after him. They also hit him where it hurt: They stopped publication of his findings in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. A Transplant for Katy is the heartbreaking saga of a former homecoming queen who never realized she was expected to revolutionize medicine. It tells the story of her childhood in rural Pennsylvania, the illness that stunned her family, her two failed liver transplants, and the toll her death took on her family. The book is an emotional journey that blends the history or liver transplantation with rich characters that include a generous sister who, in a selfless act, underwent a potentially dangerous operation to give part of her liver to her beloved sister, and a determined mother who fought doctors for a second transplant when the first one failed. Written by Luis Fabregas, a medical journalist at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, A Transplant for Katy is a relevant and timely story at a time when the world of medicine continues to debate the merits of live-donor liver transplants. About 30 million people in the United States have liver disease and more than 100,000 are waiting for organs on the nation's bloated transplant wait lists. Katy's story will show them death is often a necessary evil in the pursuit of medical perfection.

Hands and Heart

Hands and Heart Author Michael DeHaan
ISBN-10 1935914294
Release 2013-05
Pages 118
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Hands and Heart is a collection of sometimes extraordinary, often heartwarming stories of dedication, heroism, stress, exhaustion, joy, and occasional defeat. The book takes you along on a journey of everyday life as viewed through the eyes of a general surgeon: As I entered, I could hear the faintest breathing from the patient. As the anesthesiologist quietly confirmed my suspicion that he could not get the breathing tube in, the patient took his last breath and passed out. The clock was now running. I sprayed the antiseptic on the neck, took the scalpel, and opened the recent incision. A whole lot of blood came out. The windpipe was now lying almost completely free in the middle of the incision. With the clock still running, I made an incision in the airway and slipped the breathing tube in. We immediately started getting oxygen by "bagging" the patient. The oxygen level we were monitoring in his blood came back and he woke up.... "Nice work, wooden shoe!" About the author: Michael DeHaan has been practicing general surgery for 22 years in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Hands and Heart is his first published collection of stories of the sometimes stressful, but always miraculous, world of general surgery.

One Hundred Days

One Hundred Days Author David Biro
ISBN-10 9780307427113
Release 2007-12-18
Pages 304
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It is a situation we all fear and none of us can imagine: a life-threatening diagnosis. But what if the person receiving the diagnosis--young, physically fit, poised for a bright future--is himself a doctor? At thirty-one David biro has just completed his residency and joined his father's successful dermatology practice. Struck with a rare blood disease that eventually necessitates a bone marrow transplant, Biro relates with honesty and courage the story of his most transforming journey. He is forthright about the advantages that his status as a physician may have afforded him; and yet no such advantage can protect him from the anxiety and doubt brought on by his debilitating therapies. The pressures that Biro's wild "one hundred days" brings to bear on his heretofore well-established identity as a caregiver are enormous--as is the power of this riveting story of survival. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Cook County ICU

Cook County ICU Author Cory Franklin
ISBN-10 9780897339285
Release 2015-09-01
Pages 240
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An inside look at one of the nation's most famous public hospitals as seen through the eyes of its longtime director of intensive care Filled with stories of strange medical cases and unforgettable patients culled from a 30-year career in medicine, Cook County ICU offers readers a peek into the inner workings of a hospital. Author Dr. Cory Franklin, who headed the hospital's intensive care unit from the 1970s through the 1990s, shares his most unique and bizarre experiences, including the deadly Chicago heatwave of 1995, treating the first AIDS patients in the country before the disease was diagnosed, the nurse with rare Muchausen syndrome, the only surviving ricin victim, and the professor with Alzheimer's hiding the effects of the wrong medication. Surprising, darkly humorous, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic, these stories provide a big-picture look at how the practice of medicine has changed over the years, making it an enjoyable read for patients, doctors, and anyone with an interest in medicine.

Life on the Thin Blue Line

Life on the Thin Blue Line Author Gregory Fried
ISBN-10 9781480846296
Release 2017-08-28
Pages 324
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When youre a surgeon, the smallest mistake could result in someone losing their life. Gregory Fried, M.D., who became NYPDs executive chief surgeon in November 1996, after years of serving as deputy chief surgeon, knows this all too well. Responding to police officers being shot or seriously injured in the line of duty, however, brings the pressure to an even higher levelespecially in the middle of one of the worst crime waves in New York Citys history. Looking back at a career that began in the 1970s and continued beyond the September 11 terrorist attacks, Fried shares numerous stories of brave patients that battled life-threatening illnesses and injuries. He also recalls the out-of-control violence that spread throughout New York during his years of service. It was open season on police officers, and he gives readers an intimate look at the life of a police surgeon and what really happens when a police officer is shot in the line of duty. Fried also relives the nightmare of surviving the collapse of the South Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. Broken ribs, herniated disks, fractured bones in his spine, and a massive internal bleed would effectively end his surgical career, but it did nothing to dampen his spirit.

The Cost of Cutting

The Cost of Cutting Author Paul A. Ruggieri M.D.
ISBN-10 9780698143814
Release 2014-09-02
Pages 320
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Why is surgery so expensive? Surgeon Paul A. Ruggieri reveals little-known truths about his profession—and the hidden flaws of our healthcare system—in this compelling and troubling account of real patients, real doctors, and how money influences medical decisions behind the scenes. Even many well-informed patients have no idea what may be contributing to the cost of their surgery. With up-to-date research and stories from his practice, Ruggieri shows how business arrangements among hospitals, insurance companies, and surgeons affect who gets treatment—and whether they get the right treatment. Pulling back the curtain from the hospital bed, he explains how to safeguard one’s own health (and finances), and how America can make surgery more affordable for all without sacrificing quality care.

Hot Lights Cold Steel

Hot Lights  Cold Steel Author Dr. Michael J. Collins
ISBN-10 9781429903073
Release 2007-04-01
Pages 320
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When Michael Collins decides to become a surgeon, he is totally unprepared for the chaotic life of a resident at a major hospital. A natural overachiever, Collins' success, in college and medical school led to a surgical residency at one of the most respected medical centers in the world, the famed Mayo Clinic. But compared to his fellow residents Collins feels inadequate and unprepared. All too soon, the euphoria of beginning his career as an orthopedic resident gives way to the feeling he is a counterfeit, an imposter who has infiltrated a society of brilliant surgeons. This story of Collins' four-year surgical residency traces his rise from an eager but clueless first-year resident to accomplished Chief Resident in his final year. With unparalleled humor, he recounts the disparity between people's perceptions of a doctor's glamorous life and the real thing: a succession of run down cars that are towed to the junk yard, long weekends moonlighting at rural hospitals, a family that grows larger every year, and a laughable income. Collins' good nature helps him over some of the rough spots but cannot spare him the harsh reality of a doctor's life. Every day he is confronted with decisions that will change people's lives-or end them-forever. A young boy's leg is mangled by a tractor: risk the boy's life to save his leg, or amputate immediately? A woman diagnosed with bone cancer injures her hip: go through a painful hip operation even though she has only months to live? Like a jolt to the system, he is faced with the reality of suffering and death as he struggles to reconcile his idealism and aspiration to heal with the recognition of his own limitations and imperfections. Unflinching and deeply engaging, Hot Lights, Cold Steel is a humane and passionate reminder that doctors are people too. This is a gripping memoir, at times devastating, others triumphant, but always compulsively readable.