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The Heart Healers - The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives-logo

The Heart Healers - The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives

James Forrester, M.D.

At one time, heart disease was a death sentence. By the middle of the twentieth century, it was killing millions and, as with the Black Death centuries before, physicians stood helpless. Visionaries, though, had begun to make strides earlier. On September 7, 1895, Ludwig Rehn successfully sutured the heart of a living man with a knife wound to the chest for the first time. In 1929, Dr. Werner Forssman inserted a cardiac catheter in his own arm and forced the X-ray technician on duty to take a photo as he successfully threaded it down the vein into his own heart . . . and lived. And on June 6, 1944-D-Day-another momentous event occurred far from the Normandy beaches: Dr. Dwight Harken sutured the shrapnel-injured heart of a young soldier and saved his life, and thus the term "cardiac surgeon" was born. In The Heart Healers, James Forrester, MD, tells the story of these rebels and the risks they took with their own lives and the lives of others to heal the most elemental of human organs: the heart. The result is a compelling chronicle of a disease and its cure, a disease that is still with us, but one that is slowly being worn away by the "Heart Healers."

At one time, heart disease was a death sentence. By the middle of the twentieth century, it was killing millions and, as with the Black Death centuries before, physicians stood helpless. Visionaries, though, had begun to make strides earlier. On September 7, 1895, Ludwig Rehn successfully sutured the heart of a living man with a knife wound to the chest for the first time. In 1929, Dr. Werner Forssman inserted a cardiac catheter in his own arm and forced the X-ray technician on duty to take a photo as he successfully threaded it down the vein into his own heart . . . and lived. And on June 6, 1944-D-Day-another momentous event occurred far from the Normandy beaches: Dr. Dwight Harken sutured the shrapnel-injured heart of a young soldier and saved his life, and thus the term "cardiac surgeon" was born. In The Heart Healers, James Forrester, MD, tells the story of these rebels and the risks they took with their own lives and the lives of others to heal the most elemental of human organs: the heart. The result is a compelling chronicle of a disease and its cure, a disease that is still with us, but one that is slowly being worn away by the "Heart Healers."
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At one time, heart disease was a death sentence. By the middle of the twentieth century, it was killing millions and, as with the Black Death centuries before, physicians stood helpless. Visionaries, though, had begun to make strides earlier. On September 7, 1895, Ludwig Rehn successfully sutured the heart of a living man with a knife wound to the chest for the first time. In 1929, Dr. Werner Forssman inserted a cardiac catheter in his own arm and forced the X-ray technician on duty to take a photo as he successfully threaded it down the vein into his own heart . . . and lived. And on June 6, 1944-D-Day-another momentous event occurred far from the Normandy beaches: Dr. Dwight Harken sutured the shrapnel-injured heart of a young soldier and saved his life, and thus the term "cardiac surgeon" was born. In The Heart Healers, James Forrester, MD, tells the story of these rebels and the risks they took with their own lives and the lives of others to heal the most elemental of human organs: the heart. The result is a compelling chronicle of a disease and its cure, a disease that is still with us, but one that is slowly being worn away by the "Heart Healers."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Yen

Length:

15h 45m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

27:07


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

35:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

35:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

59:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

46:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

42:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

34:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

31:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

43:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

30:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

38:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

33:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

33:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

39:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

32:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

48:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:24