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4.48 out of 54.48 out of 54.48 out of 54.48 out of 54.48 out of 5 4.48 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. Wayne Miller Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN:
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G. Wayne Miller has dramatically and meticulously reconstructed an amazing true story: how a group of renegade Minnesota surgeons, led by Dr. Walt Lillehei, made medical history by becoming the first doctors to operate deep inside the human heart.

Few of the great stories of medicine are as palpably dramatic as the advent of open heart surgery, yet until now, no journalist has ever brought to life all of the thrilling specifics of this triumph. G. Wayne Miller tells the story of Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who, along with colleagues at University Hospital in Minneapolis and a small band of pioneers elsewhere, accomplished what many experts considered to be an impossible feat: he opened the heart, repaired fatal defects, and made the miraculous routine.

Miller draws on archival research and exclusive interviews with Lillehei and legendary pioneers such as Michael DeBakey and Christiaan Barnard, taking readers into the lives of these doctors and their patients as they progress toward their landmark achievement. Beginning in the 1950s with highly unorthodox operations simultaneously on two people - experiments that in today's political climate might not be possible - Lillehei and his colleagues took risks that resulted in rivers of blood and cost the lives of several early patients. But ultimately this is a story of triumph: King of Hearts is a true life-and-death drama about the surgeons who risked their reputations, and the patients who risked their lives, to revolutionize health care.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/5/2014

    " Another medical history. Very interesting and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lezlee | 12/29/2013

    " Facinating and would read again. I want to own this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Cooper | 12/25/2013

    " Excellent and informative book. My daughter has a congenital heart defect. Great read about the first open heart surgeon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/19/2013

    " True story of Walt Lillehei, the maverick who pioneered open heart surgery. Very exciting. I'll recommend this to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 1/14/2013

    " Another great book about open heart surgery. Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shuli | 11/25/2012

    " Reading this again, to try to fully appreciate how much had to happen for my every day work to become so routine! amazing story of the evolution of cardiac surgery! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandt Athey | 9/14/2012

    " Lillehei's life is a study in the peaks and valleys of brilliance. A must read for anyone with a cardiology bent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/16/2012

    " Very interesting book of open heart surgery at the University of Minnesota. There is no way they could do those experiments today because of all the ethical concerns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/6/2011

    " Excellent book on the history of open heart surgery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 11/22/2011

    " One of those books that you read and can't quite believe anyone REALLY did this! It gave me a great appreciation for modern surgery and the men who risked everything to learn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luc Hawthorne | 8/18/2011

    " I great book to illustrate that medicine is an art and a science. I was torn between the heartbreak of the lives lost and the enlightening genius of the surgeon as he worked toward what is now a fairly routine surgery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zenren Renel | 6/11/2011

    " Great book about the beginnings of open heart surgery. Very informative, as well as thought provoking. Gives the tell-all truth about the surgeons and what they went through to pioneer such an important medical field. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 3/27/2011

    " So incredible! It is amazing how new heart surgery is and how hard of a struggle it was to figure out. This book makes me realize how much there still is to learn in all areas of medicine. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/20/2011

    " True story of Walt Lillehei, the maverick who pioneered open heart surgery. Very exciting. I'll recommend this to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 9/19/2009

    " Another great book about open heart surgery. Amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/16/2009

    " Another medical history. Very interesting and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 7/20/2009

    " So incredible! It is amazing how new heart surgery is and how hard of a struggle it was to figure out. This book makes me realize how much there still is to learn in all areas of medicine. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/31/2009

    " This is the fabulous story of the mavericks who pioneered open heart surgery. Doctors and patients as heroes. Inspiring.
    The tragedy is that if they tried to do the same things today, they would most likely lose their license and probably be jailed.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lezlee | 5/30/2009

    " Facinating and would read again. I want to own this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zenren | 5/10/2009

    " Great book about the beginnings of open heart surgery. Very informative, as well as thought provoking. Gives the tell-all truth about the surgeons and what they went through to pioneer such an important medical field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 7/9/2008

    " Very interesting book of open heart surgery at the University of Minnesota. There is no way they could do those experiments today because of all the ethical concerns. "

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About the Author

G. Wayne Miller is one of the most acclaimed journalists in New England. His first work of nonfiction, The Work of Human Hands, about Children’s Hospital in Boston, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a song of human suffering that is harrowing to read and impossible to forget.” His four-year investigation of life inside Hasbro, Toy Wars, was praised by The New York Times. He is a staff writer at The Providence Journal, where he has won numerous journalism awards. He is also the author of a novel, Thunder Rise, and a nonfiction book on high school, Coming of Age. He lives in Pascoag, Rhode Island. He can be reached at www.gwaynemiller.com.

About the Narrator

Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.