Walk on Water: Inside an Elite Pediatric Surgical Unit

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Michael Ruhlman is fascinated by people at work-especially those in pursuit of perfection. The Soul of a Chefand Wooden Boatshave established him as a deft chronicler of unique cultural microcosms. Now, in Walk on Water, he documents life in the most intense environment yet-a pediatric heart center specializing in neonatal open-heart surgery. The precision needed for such delicate surgery puts "soul-crushing, diamond-making stress" on physicians and nurses every time they operate.

The colorful focus of Ruhlman's narrative is the Cleveland Clinic's world-renowned, idiosyncratic Dr. Roger Mee-a virtuoso within a very select surgical specialty and a mine of information on statistics, ethics, and medical politics. A riveting glimpse into the heart and mind of a man in whose hands literally rests a young baby's life on a daily basis, Walk on Waterexplores controversial topics-from questionable referral patterns by cardiologists to physicians who are punished for doing what's best for their patients to physicians who don't do what's best for their patients-and breaks the taboo on subjects not often written about.

Walk on Wateris a must for all readers of serious nonfiction that will also have health professionals and the media paying rapt attention.

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Close-up and personal view of a surgical team at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases.Ruhlman, who previously explored excellence in craft at the Culinary ... Read full review

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Congenital heart surgery is arguably the most difficult surgical specialty in medicine because of its inherent technical complexity, the age and weight of the average patient, the infinite variety of ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Michael Ruhlman, author of The Soul of a Chefand Wooden Boats, has written extensively for The New York Timesand numerous magazines. He is also the winner of the 1999 James Beard Award for Magazine Writing.

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