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The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Centerby Charles R. Morris
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Americans now spend more money on hearts than on new passenger cars. To understand this remarkable trend, Charles R. Morris "embedded" himself with a surgical team at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, one of the world's premier cardiac surgery and transplant centers. Given unprecedented access, Morris witnessed sophisticated operations and observed the tense meetings where surgeons relentlessly criticize their own performance. In thrilling detail, Morris recounts a late-night against-the-clock "harvest run" to secure a precious transplantable organ; the heart-breaking story of a child's failed transplant; a trainee surgeon's brutal daily regimen; and much more. Along the way, Morris documents the fifty years of research and hundreds of millions of dollars that have been expended on creating a reliable mechanical heart, and he steps back to reflect on how doctors think and how they judge each other, what is really driving health care costs, and the future of health care policy in America.
Morris presents an over-the-shoulder look at a major heart surgery center, along with gripping accounts of how doctors think and judge each other, what they believe is really driving up health care costs, and the future of health care policy in America.
An over-the-shoulder look at a major heart surgery center, with gripping accounts from the OR to the boardroom.
"Insightful and filled with verve...electrifying."--
Hailed as "an astute book of enormous importance" (Sherwin Nuland), follows the team at one of the world's premier cardiac surgery and transplant centers. Given unprecedented access, Charles R. Morris recounts in thrilling detail a late-night against-the-clock "harvest run" to secure a precious transplantable organ, the heartbreaking story of a child's failed transplant, and more. Along the way, Morris reflects on how doctors really think, rising health care costs, and the future of health care in America.
About the Author
Charles R. Morris, the author of The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, The Tycoons, and The Cost of Good Intentions, has written for the New York Times and The Atlantic, among other publications. He lives in New York City.
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