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Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart

Biography / Memoir

By: Donald McRae

368 pages, no illustrations


Hardback | Dec 2006 | #160443 | ISBN: 0743239946
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NHBS Price: £17.99 $22/€20 approx

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The dramatic race to transplant the first human heart spanned two years, three continents and five cities against a backdrop of searing tension, scientific brilliance, ethical controversy, racial strife and emotional turmoil. It culminated in a terrifying moment in the early hours of 3 December 1967 when, in a cramped operating theatre in a Cape Town hospital, Professor Chris Barnard stared into an empty cavity from which he had just removed a heart. He knew that he had only minutes left to make history and save the life of a 55-year-old man by filling the gaping hole in his chest with a heart which had just been beating inside a 25-year-old woman. EVERY SECOND COUNTS is the story of Chris Barnard and his gripping race against four extraordinary men to conquer the greatest of medical challenges. It is also a deeply personal biography of a Casanova surgeon with film-star looks, whose tortured private life was played out on the most public of stages.

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