The Knife’s Edge: The Heart and Mind of a Cardiac Surgeon (英語) ハードカバー – 2019/4/4
‘Wholly believable… The book [has] an unmistakable feeling of authenticity.’ Daily Telegraph
‘What makes this memoir so readable is Westaby’s unexpected admissions of vulnerability.’ The Times, Book of the Week
Praise for Fragile Lives:
‘Raw and moving… the writing is thrilling. Fragile Lives is a frank and absorbing memoir by a man who has done about as much good to his fellow human beings as it is possible to do in one lifetime.’ – The Times, Book of the Week
‘With his battle cry of “bugger protocol” and his renaming of medical directors as “the Stasi”, Westaby comes across as the bloke you’d want on your side in the fight to stay alive.’ Guardian Books of the Year
‘The stakes could not be higher in this bloody, muscular and adrenaline-charged memoir from a pioneering heart surgeon… at points it made my own heart race dangerously. ‘Surgeons are meant to be objective,’ Westaby tells himself, ‘not human’. What makes this book so fascinating, and so moving, is the terrible tension between these necessary qualities.’ – Sunday Times
‘A full-frontal and thrilling portrayal. Each story in this fascinating book brings a new nail-biting surgical adventure… A gifted surgeon, Westaby is also a natural writer… Fragile Lives succeeds on many levels: political battle cry, chronicle of bloody feats, history of modern cardiology, tribute to patients and paean to surgery.’ – Daily Telegraph
‘The book is a cracking example of a thriving sub-genre of autobiography, the medical memoir. Anyone who enjoyed the 2014 bestseller Do No Harm by the brain surgeon Henry Marsh, a friend of Westaby’s, will relish Fragile Lives, too. Each story is gripping, written in a vivid, almost brutal way that matches the blood and gore of cardiac surgery.’ – Financial Times
Steve Westaby is a celebrated world-famous heart surgeon who is renowned for being the first surgeon in history to fit a patient with a new type of artificial heart. During his 35 year career as a surgeon he worked at several of the UK’s top hospitals and performed over 11,000 heart operations. He won The Midlander of the Year Award (2002) and a Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement (2004). In 2004 Steve Westaby was featured in the BBC documentary Your Life in Their Hands which is a long-running series on the subject of surgery.
- 出版社 : Mudlark (2019/4/4)
- 発売日 : 2019/4/4
- 言語 : 英語
- ハードカバー : 336ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0008285772
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008285777
- 寸法 : 14.1 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 1,277,950位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
This aspect of the book is guaranteed to convince most readers to launch this book out of the window and into a public bin. But if you persevere he eventually opens up and grants you an insight into his own world, e.g. the agonising he has over missing the birth of his first child from his first marriage and then almost coming close to missing the birth of his first child from his second marriage keep you hooked.
But it is clear that the book though starting out as a grandstanding pamphlet that only cardiac surgeons risk death (is utter nonsense as other surgical specialties do as well in their own sub-specialty areas and if not immediately in the short and long term futures, e.g. the advances in WHO IV GBMs in the past forty years in neurosurgery has increased but at a pace that is excruciatingly slow that neurosurgeons are all too aware of the eventual mortality and morbidity that each piece of tumour removed vs. left behind can cause) the book capitulates into the usual haunting expressions of understandable rage that many of the Old Guard of surgeons including Henry Marsh scream. And this is that despite their decades of extremely taxing graft for their patients and hospitals that the cost cutting and worse of all applause that cost cutting in the NHS get which compromises patient care is something they cannot do anything about.
This book captures rather succinctly the fact that Britain's best medical graduates are seeing those demanding surgical specialties, e.g. cardiac surgery and neurosurgery, as poor recompense for extortionate medical student debts approaching £80,000 in some cases, an ever isolating scattered on call schedule that does not educate but only infuriates and denigrates and ultimately this results in our nations brightest going overseas.
I can testify that some of the brightest minds from my graduating medical school class do not work in Britain but overseas. The continual smashing of doctors not equipped most of the time to do the job has demoralised the profession. Westaby puts it plainly that the only expanding area of the NHS is hospital managers not nurses, doctors, porters, phlebotomists and so one.
Overall it is a book that I needed to read at about this time in my own training. When you are in a specialty that is a demanding surgical one where you can see in real time the impact your hands has on another human being (and their families) you need to hear on occasion from the Old Guard who talk plainly and decisively. It is his decisiveness which is endearing. And trust me in a surgeon the worst thing is indecisiveness. A decision should adhere to Occam's Razor otherwise patients can die. And those specialties that have devastating blood loss as a daily confounder, e.g. cardiac, neurosurgery and vascular surgery, always have demanded decisive thinkers
Please write another one Prof.
I have bought additional copies for my friends and recommend it as essential reading for any young surgeon setting out on his career; for established surgeons whatever their speciality or for oldsters like me who were privileged to have lived and worked in those great days.
No matter how technical our work we must never lose sight of the truth that our patients are people not mechanisms. But when the drapes are in place and the first incision has been made nothing else exists except the tissue we are privileged to handle or the suture we are about to place.