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This is the amazing story of the development of the first open heart surgery in the 1950's. The medical background is easy enough for a non-medical person to understand but remains highly engaging even for a medical professional. I am a medical history enthusiast and this book goes right near the top of the list and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys understanding how scientific and medical breakthroughs occur. Perhaps the only book I enjoyed more was "The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat" chronicling the development of penicillin.
King of Hearts is a great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This book was excellent. The narration was superb. The story was interesting and captivating. This story exemplifies the idea that fact can be more intriguing than fiction.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A well written biography of the surgeon who saw advanced heart surgery change from a dream to a common occurrence.
I found the first chapters a bit tedious - lots of details and times and places, but that sets the scene for the rest of the story, and it is a truly fascinating story of the trials and tribulations of the relatively small groups of people with not much more than inspiration and lab dogs who came up with the tools and ideas to pioneer heart surgery. It is amazing how such advanced surgery became possible with such seemingly primitive techniques. Beyond the story of the surgeries there are more than a few twists and turns in the personal life of Walton Lillehei.
The story is also well read - however I did find the speed of narration slow and ended up listening to it at 1.5 speed.