Raising Lazarus: A Memoir

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"Raising Lazarus" is Dr. Robert Pensack's personal memoir of his battle to maintain his sanity in the face of extraordinary suffering.

Dr. Pensack's story chronicles his near life-long struggle with a mortal illness, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, or HCM (formally known as IHSS), a genetic illness marked by abnormality of the heart muscle. After the disease claimed the life of his young mother, the adolescent Pensack--and his brother Richard, who also suffered from HCM--went on to become chronic-research heart patients at The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. They endured a litany of surgeries and multiple near-death experiences caused by cardiac arrests until, thirty years later, both received heart transplants that saved their lives. Remarkably--and coincidentally--Dr. Pensack played a vital role in the evolution of organ transplantation and in his own survival, helping to produce one of the anti-rejection drugs with which he himself was later treated at the time of his greatest need.

From recounting his feeling of being condemned to an existence laden with insufferable burden to the hope restored through the ultimate gift of life, "Raising Lazarus" is Dr. Pensack's inspirational story of survival and triumph.

"Extraordinary...A doctor's memoir of his struggle against his own illness...An intimate account of the remarkable medical advances of the last few decades from [a] unique point of view."--"New York Times Book Review"

 

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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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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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Section 45
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