THE HEART MACHINE: A Personal Account of Open-Heart Surgery by James Davidson Ross

THE HEART MACHINE: A Personal Account of Open-Heart Surgery

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Personal it is, from its opening in the full glare of Medical Center -- ""to plunge gingerly into the blob of the living muscle"" -- but one heart attack, many tests and weeks of waiting later plunge they do (Ross whose heart disease history went back 30 years to his RAF days had had two earlier critical attacks). Needless to say the procedure -- replacement of two valves -- is ""ropey"" and he summons up what he remembers -- his wife adds a chapter -- and when last seen he's climbing up a Welsh mountain, full of gratitude to Him on high as well as those brow who made it all possible. Marginal -- Rachel MacKenzie monitored this experience with far greater magnetism in Risk (1971).

Pub Date: Nov. 26th, 1973
Publisher: Taplinger