Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Barnard : One Life

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552659886
  • 9780552659888

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While tiffs is a relatively long and full trajectory, Mr. Barnard stops at the dramatic decision to undertake his second heart transplant (Dr. Blaiberg) following the death of his first, and short of the dissolution of his marriage and some of the eye-catching personalia featured in the press. In fact all of his One Life has an upstanding tone, beginning with his affectionate admiration for his father, a Dutch Reformed minister who served the "coloreds," entailing the bleak impoverishment of his family in Beaufort West, South Africa. A first girl while he is studying at the university teaches him that "you often learn more from defeat than success" and there are further prophetic words when he marries Louwtjie, a nurse (in spite of the fact that she is "jealous" and "bad-tempered") - "with what instrument could we calculate the open and loving heart or the growth of doubt in the closing one?" Most of the book deals with his formative years of practice (first in a small town; then back to the city hospital Groote Schuur) and research and study (in the U.S. - Minneapolis) while Louwtjie recriminates "the dead come before the living in this house." The last third of the book deals with the specifics of the first heart transplant, Louis Washkansky, and the 18 day vigil as Barnard attempted to effect the "dream as old as the heart of man". . . . The above will indicate both the high-minded conviction as well as the sometimes high-flown style (only questionably Mr. Pepper's) but there is of course the substantial drama and a great deal of human interest which probably will carry this far and wide as well as aloft. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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