The surgeons life and death in a top heart center

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the surgeons life and death in a top heart center

The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center by Charles R. Morris

Americans now spend more money on hearts than on new passenger cars. To understand this remarkable trend, Charles R. Morris embedded himself with a surgical team at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, one of the worlds premier cardiac surgery and transplant centers. Given unprecedented access, Morris witnessed sophisticated operations and observed the tense meetings where surgeons relentlessly criticize their own performance. In thrilling detail, Morris recounts a late-night against-the-clock harvest run to secure a precious transplantable organ; the heart-breaking story of a childs failed transplant; a trainee surgeons brutal daily regimen; and much more. Along the way, Morris documents the fifty years of research and hundreds of millions of dollars that have been expended on creating a reliable mechanical heart, and he steps back to reflect on how doctors think and how they judge each other, what is really driving health care costs, and the future of health care policy in America.
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“The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center” is an ambitious account of the complicated interplay among health care economics.
Charles R. Morris

The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center

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Given unprecedented access, Charles R. Morris recounts in thrilling detail a late-night against-the-clock "harvest run" to secure a precious transplantable organ, the heartbreaking story of a child's failed transplant, and more. Along the way, Morris reflects on how doctors really think, rising health care costs, and the future of health care in America. To get a nuts-and-bolts understanding of heart surgeons from the decisions they make in the operating room to the impact of colleagues, patients and pharmaceutical companies on their jobs Morris The Tycoons embedded himself for six months in the elite cardiac surgery center at Columbia-Presbyterian hospital in New York City. Unlike some noncardiac surgeries where music blares in the operating room, an aortic valve replacement for a retired pharmacy executive, says Morris, is a solemn affair, the calm briefly interrupted only when the patient fibrillates, his heart muscle fibers fluttering irregularly. The author finds it exhilarating to watch as a surgeon basically built But even technical marvels can't save a desperately ill four-year-old girl after a heart transplant.

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The sicker you are, the more specialists your doctor will probably call in for consultation. The problem is that, like blind men feeling an elephant, each will swear your symptoms have everything or nothing to do with the part he or she knows best. Cardiologists will invoke the heart; gastroenterologists will point to the digestive tract; surgeons will want to, well, operate. In this year leading up to November , the same could be said of health care reform. For every would-be president, economist, policy wonk, health care provider and even movie director, there is a different and deeply cherished solution.

Talent is talent. In this book, we have a talented business writer describing talented cardiothoracic surgeons. Morris makes it clear from the very beginning that he has absolutely no medical knowledge or training, which in my opinion makes for a far superior reading experience than if the author were a seasoned science or medical journalist. We get complete exposure to the inner workings over the course of a year of a gigantic medical center without the bias of an observer who has any experience at all in the health care field. Its affiliation with Columbia University means that it is also a center for leading-edge cardiac research, and all the surgeons are medical school faculty as well. I am happy to report that it is not gory in the least; the author leaves nothing out of his descriptions, but does not dwell on the unpalatable aspects of this particular medical field.



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  2. Randolfo C. says:

    Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. To get a nuts-and-bolts understanding of heart surgeons—from the decisions they make in the operating room to the.

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