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

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Penguin Group USA, Aug 7, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 389 pages
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Many remember the proudly beaming face of South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard after he performed the first human heart transplant. But he was not alone in his quest. In truth it was a fourway race, a fierce struggle fraught with passionate rivalry. Three other surgeons were giants in the field, and by early December 1967 all were poised to make medical history.

Each had spent years perfecting his techniques; each monitored his chosen patient's condition, watching the clock, hoping a donor would be found in time. From a dank, under-equipped hospital in Cape Town to a cramped lab in San Francisco, the surgeons worked miracles, testing the limits of both science and nature. Some were friends; others were enemies. Only one would be the first.

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

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

Was interesting for me as my mother knew Barnard and she was included in the book. Read full review

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

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

I absolutely loved this book. A truly fascinating story about 4 brilliant surgeons, each poised to make medical history by performing the first human heart transplant. Creatively written thus allowing readers an up front view into the world transplant surgery. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Donald McRae is the only writer to have won Britain's William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award twice, for Heroes Without a Country: America's Betrayal of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens and Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing. He lives near London with his family.

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