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Extraordinary Hearts: A Journey of Cardiac Medicine and the Human Spirit Paperback – Apr 2014

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Title: Extraordinary Hearts( A Journey of Cardiac Medicine and the Human Spirit) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: JohnA.Elefteriades <>Publisher: BerkleyBooks

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Really touching and as realistic and layman-friendly as possible 19 May 2014
By P. Charilaou - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Elefteriades has so seemingly effortlessly managed to convey what is going on before, during and after an open-heart operation. Both accustomed physicians and people not related to the medical field will easily appreciate the decent amount of realistic descriptions and comprehend what's going on during those times, respectively. There is a good deal of drama admixed with scientific information deciphered in layman's terms, proving a good read for anyone who likes medical drama and whatever its related consequences are. Highly recommended, especially if you appreciate medicine and more specifically, surgery.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Book - Amazing Stories - Priceless Lessons - Extraordinary Surgeon. 2 May 2014
By JVK - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book generated a roller coaster of emotions having gone through two aortic repairs, the second with Dr. Elefteriades - the author of this book. It is a book that describes ten amazing stories of cardiac surgery. It was fascinating reading that helped me understand what goes on logistically, what goes on through the mind of the surgeon as well as the perseverance of the human mind and body. It also reminded me of what is required to perform operations at this level - the accumulated years of knowledge, the experience and discipline.

I learned so much more about the cardiac and aortic problems as well as some of the surgical repair options. Who would not like to spend several hours with a world class cardiothoracic surgeon, listening to his most important cases and at the same time learning about the heart, the aorta as well as their problems and the state of art surgical repair options - all for the price of a movie ticket? Most people I know spend a lot of time learning about their computers, tablets and smartphones which they use every day, but know little about their heart. After reading this book, I began to appreciate and care much more about this wonderful organ that literally keeps me going every day. Highly recommended reading. It can change your life.

I was so fortunate to have the author as my surgeon. I haven't touched his life, but he has touched mine's and my family's.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't put it down 6 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Extraordinary Hearts. It was very educational and also gave insight into the decisions facing the surgeon.
Shows How Fragile and Strong Humans Are 6 Feb. 2015
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is by far the best book I've come across recently. I purchased a hard copy with the mind set that I wasn't going to be interested in it. I was wrong! Perusing a career in Cardiac Rehab, I thought it would be a decent book to pick up and nothing more. This book shows you how fragile the human body is but also shows how the body will do anything and everything to survive. Each case is unique and touching. If you think you're invincible, read this. Dr. Elefteriades has a way with his writing style, a style that allows you to picture yourself next to him in the operating room, seeing and feeling every single thing that is going on. i was fortunate to observe an open heart surgery this summer and this book still managed to shock me. I recommend buying this book and reading it several times. I let a coworker borrow the book and I can't wait to get it back so I can reread it!
Very rarely does a book come along that combines the perfect blend of drama, spirit and hope. 28 May 2014
By James Mapes - Published on Amazon.com
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Very rarely does a book come along that combines the perfect blend of drama, spirit and hope - with just the right amount of accessible medical and scientific information. Dr. John Elefteriades utilizes his brilliance as a writer and his passion as one of the world's most respected cardiac surgeons to create stories of hope and courage. Extraordinary Hearts: A Journey of Cardiac Medicine and the Human Spirit is real life drama at its best - 10 uplifting, fascinating stories of real people with extraordinary courage. This is one book I would wholeheartedly recommend to everyone. Read it and share it with your friends.
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