The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center

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An over-the-shoulder look at a major heart surgery center, with gripping accounts from the OR to the boardroom.

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.

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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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`mesmerizing tales....insighful and filled with verve. There is an electrifying late-night `harvest run' to secure a donor's heart, the day-to-day frenzy of a heart surgeon in training, and the poignant death of a child from a failed heart transplant.' -- Wall Street Journal, November 17, 2007

An astute book of enormous importance...written by an outsider so keenly observant, of such understanding and perceptiveness. -- Sherwin Nuland, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale, author of The Art of Aging: A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being

An insightful, captivating story of the inner workings of a high tech medical Mecca. -- Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., author of You: The Owner's Manual

By: Pauline W. Chen

The Surgeons: Life and Death in a Top Heart Center is an ambitious account of the complicated interplay among health care economics, policy and those individuals whose professional lives drive the medical system. Morris fully immerses himself, and the reader, in the complexities of health care; what emerge are riveting and clarifying snapshots of the often unfathomable behemoth we call our health care system...What ultimately brings clarity to this book--and hope for health care reform--are the stories Morris delivers along the way. There is the beleaguered nurse struggling in the middle of the night to help two surgical teams perform an organ procurement, the world-renowned cardiologist whose belief in transparency includes recounting harrowing clinical moments to some 500 colleagues, and the young surgeon, a decade after medical school, working day and night and for hours at a time standing hunched over an operating table "with no breaks for food, water or bathroom" and a salary less than that of "a kid fresh out of law school." Medicine is full of such examples, Morris writes, people "working very hard under great pressure--because it was the right thing to do." -- New York Times Book Review: 10/29/07. Editor's Choice selection 11/04/07

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