King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open-heart Surgery

By G. Wayne Miller
Read by Patrick Cullen

7.72 Hours 01/01/2000 unabridged
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Few of the great stories of medicine are as palpably dramatic as the advent of open heart surgery, yet, until now, no one has brought to life all of the thrilling specifics of this triumph. G. Wayne Miller has dramatically and meticulously reconstructed the amazing true story of how a group of renegade Minnesota surgeons, led by Dr. Walt Lillehei, accomplished what many experts considered to be an impossible feat: he opened the heart, repaired fatal defects, and made the miraculous routine. Drawing on archival research and exclusive interviews with Lillehei and legendary pioneers such as Michael DeBakey and Christian Barnard, Miller takes readers into the lives of these brave doctors and patients as they risked reputations and lives to revolutionize health care.

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Summary

Summary

A Booklist Editors’ Choice, October 2001

Few of the great stories of medicine are as palpably dramatic as the advent of open heart surgery, yet, until now, no one has brought to life all of the thrilling specifics of this triumph. G. Wayne Miller has dramatically and meticulously reconstructed the amazing true story of how a group of renegade Minnesota surgeons, led by Dr. Walt Lillehei, accomplished what many experts considered to be an impossible feat: he opened the heart, repaired fatal defects, and made the miraculous routine. Drawing on archival research and exclusive interviews with Lillehei and legendary pioneers such as Michael DeBakey and Christian Barnard, Miller takes readers into the lives of these brave doctors and patients as they risked reputations and lives to revolutionize health care.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fast-paced and scrupulously researched.”  Publishers Weekly
King of Hearts is breathless reading.”  Amazon.com, editorial review
“The reader’s restraint from characterization or drama, while retaining the power of the gripping story, appropriately commands the listener’s fascination up to the sad, almost operatic, ending.” AudioFile
“Highly recommended for all readers.” Library Journal
“Could not have come at a more opportune time.”  Kirkus Reviews
“Cullen heightens the drama through good pacing and inflections that are breathtakingly exhilarating at appropriate moments. Even listeners uninterested in medical history will find themselves entranced.”  Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: G. Wayne Miller

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 7.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English