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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: MiMi Swartz Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 7, 2018 ISBN: 9780525635352
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In Ticker, Texas Monthly executive editor and two-time National Magazine Award winner Mimi Swartz takes readers behind the scenes of perhaps the greatest medical and technological quest of our time, as she follows pioneering heart surgeon O. H. "Bud" Frazier and his colleague, Dr. Billy Cohn, and biomedical engineer Daniel Timms in Frazier's lifelong effort to develop, perfect, and successfully implant an artificial heart in patients whose hearts are failing.

In Ticker, renowned journalist Mimi Swartz takes readers on an incredible behind-the-scenes journey into a heart surgeon's epic quest to develop an artificial heart--a reliable, implantable device that would extend the lives of patients who have no other recourse. As director of cardiovascular surgery at the Texas Heart Institute, and one of the foremost heart surgeons in the world, Bud Frazier's lifelong mission, since his stint in the war in Vietnam, has been to save lives by creating an artificial heart for those whose hearts are failing. There are 50,000 people on the waiting list for a heart transplant at any given time, with fewer than 2,500 transplants performed each year.
    Chronicling the evolution of cardiac medicine, from pioneering efforts in open heart surgery and bypass operations under Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley, to the advent of valve replacement and heart transplants, and protege Bud Frazier's introduction of the Left Ventricle Assist Device (or LVAD) that Vice President Cheney used for a decade before his successful heart transplant, Swartz follows Frazier and his colleague Billy Cohn as they feverishly design, develop, and test new heart designs. In a gripping narrative that takes readers from the operating theater to the basement of the famed Texas Heart Institute, where calves are implanted with the new heart devices and monitored meticulously, to the relentless quest for funding, as government research money dries up, Swartz has created an unputdownable narrative that weaves together science, research, technology, and the relentless obsession of a surgeon determined to extend patients' lives. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Mimi Swartz is an executive editor at Texas Monthly and won a National Magazine Award in the public interest category in 1996. She has been a staff writer for the New Yorker and Talk, and has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Esquire. She lives in Houston with her husband and son.

About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.