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A Surgeon and a Maverick

The Life and Pioneering Work of Magdi Yacoub
Princeton University Press
Erschienen am 3. Oktober 2023
446 Seiten
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?[A] remarkable journey.??The Telegraph The incredible life story of legendary cardiac surgeon and scientist Magdi Yacoub, an outsider who succeeded against the odds Veteran journalists Simon Pearson and Fiona Gorman follow the remarkable life of heart surgeon Magdi Yacoub from his formative years in Egypt, through spectacular success at Cairo University, to his long and distinguished career in Britain. Although at times he clashed with the medical establishment in London, Yacoub pioneered great advances in heart surgery. He was knighted in 1992, and in 2014, he was awarded the highest honor in the gift of the Queen, the Order of Merit. Written with unprecedented access and drawing on extensive interviews and research, the biography recounts how Yacoub transformed the treatment of children with congenital heart disease. He performed some of the first heart transplants in Britain and the first heart-lung transplants in Europe. At London's Harefield Hospital, he created the greatest heart transplant center in the world. Among his patients are men and women who are still thriving more than thirty-five years after he gave them new hope. This story is also about science, the development of new medical techniques, and a deeper understanding of how the human body works. Today, at an age when most people have long since retired, Yacoub is still pushing the boundaries of scientific understanding and surgical know-how. He is also taking heart surgery to places that until now have had little access to cardiac treatment, developing centers of excellence across Africa, including in Egypt, where his hospital in Aswan has an international reputation, and a new center is rising in Cairo. Yacoub's life is one of triumph and tragedy, success and failure, fierce criticism and high praise?it is also an enthralling journey through the worlds of scientific research and medical politics and ethics at the highest levels.

Simon Pearson and Fiona Gorman with a Foreword by Dame Mary Archer

Foreword Dame Mary Archer

1. Plymouth, Southwest England, 1983
2. Early Years
3. Growing Ambitions
4. The Road Ahead
5. Lord Brock
6. Trial by Sherry
7. The Man Who Dared
8. New Horizons
9. So Long, Marianne
10. The American Way
11. The France
12. On the Shoulders of Giants
13. A Promise Fulfilled
14. Pushing Boundaries
15. Magic Hands
16. The Boy and the Baboon
17. Legal Aid
18. Give Them Sunshine
19. An Unexpected Gift
20. Enemies at the Gate
21. The Tide Turns
22. Through the Lens
23. Lives Transformed
24. Meanwhile, at Home . . .
25. Heart-Lung Transplants
26. A Question of Ethics
27. Deliverance
28. The Triumph of Science
29. Held to Account
30. The Domino
31. Greek Odyssey
32. Spreading the Word
33. The Ross Procedure
34. Signs of Success
35. Chain of Hope
36. Dr. Zhivago
37. The Queen of Hearts
38. The Generous American
39. Peer Review
40. The Reluctant Pensioner
41. A Kindred Spirit
42. Into Africa
43. Good Morning Egypt
44. The Girl with Two Hearts
45. Taking the Podium
46. Pain and Loss
47. Haile's Story
48. Universally Acknowledged
49. Capital Investment

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