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Christiaan Barnard: One Life Hardcover – Illustrated, 2 Apr 1970
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Few men have achieved world fame more quickly than Christiaan Barnard, or faced more criticism and misunderstanding as a result. Not only did he stir up antagonism and jealousy in the medical world, but he set churchmen, racialists, politicians, and philosophers arguing with the same vehemence as the man in the local pub. Yet, in spite of banner headlines in the world press and international television appearances, surprisingly little is known about the man himself; his background, early medical career, training in America, his marriage, his amazing capacity for work and for setting himself impossible goals and then achieving them. One Life explains how this relatively unknown professor in a South African hospital was able to conduct the most daring and complicated operation yet attempted by man - the first human-to-human heart transplant. The story starts with Chris as a barefoot boy in an up-country town in South Africa, where his father was Pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church, which had a coloured congregation. His mother was equally god-fearing, but also exceptionally ambitious for her children; from their schooldays onwards, it was made clear that Chris and his brothers should be successful in everything they attempted. After doing well at school, Chris decided that he wanted to be a doctor, and, wearing his brother's cast-off clothes, he was sent to Cape Town University. Here he spent six years of backbreaking study in wards, labs and morgues "all alone, with a hunger inside to get to the top". Married, and in private practice, he foresaw the immense possibilities offered by "constructive" heart surgery. As a result of this he seized the golden opportunity of going to America to work under one of the greatest teachers in experimental surgery. The true stature of Christiaan Barnard was apparent when he decided to cram the six years' work normally required to obtain a Ph.D. into a two-year crash course
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13 April 2017
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Fascinating book - a good read. Very interesting culturally and personally.
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28 March 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
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one of the best Book
This was a third attempt
25 December 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
This was a third attempt to buy this book. Finally I got it and I read it. It was interesting to go through book and see what influenced one of the famous surgeons in the world.
A chilling Book
6 January 2001 - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting look at what makes a man like Chris Barnard tick. A chilling experience to see how a man can put human suffering out of his mind in order to experiment on humans when he was no longer satisfied with using animals. A man adrift, unable to secure bonds on earth with wife, children or co-workers, Chris does write with surprising honesty about what drove him to do the things he did (like attaching a second head on a live dog just for fun!). An interesting read if you have the stomach for it.