Raising Lazarus

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At 15, Pensack was diagnosed with HCM, an enigmatic heart condition which haunted his family's bloodline for three generations. To save himself, he became a doctor--and his own best patient, undergoing multiple surgeries and a heart transplant. While waiting for a donor, Pensack met Williams, a writer who helped him recount his heroic quest to overcome a failing body through the will of the mind.

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The haunting story of a man's struggle to survive with a terribly damaged heart. As a youngster, Pensack was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a progressive disease of the heart muscle and a ... Read full review

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This account of Pensack's struggles with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), an often fatal heart condition, gives meaning to the philosophical issues surrounding pain and suffering. It's a wonderful ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Williams was raised in Princeton, IL. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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