Walk on Water

Walk on Water

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Described by one surgeon as "soul-crushing, diamond-making stress," surgery on congenital heart defects is arguably the most difficult of all surgical specialties. Drawing back the hospital curtain for a unique and captivating look at the extraordinary skill and dangerous politics of critical surgery in a pediatric heart center, Michael Ruhlman focuses on the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, where a team of medical specialists--led by idiosyncratic virtuoso Dr. Roger Mee--work on the edge of disaster on a daily basis. Walk on Water offers a rare and dramatic glimpse into a world where the health of innocent children and the hopes of white-knuckled families rest in the hands of all-too-human doctors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Books
  • Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142004111
  • 9780142004111
  • 114,486

About Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman is the author of The Making of a Chef, The Soul of a Chef, and Charcuterie. He has also collaborated with Thomas Keller on two cookbooks, The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon. Additionally, Ruhlman has written for The New York Times, Gourmet, Saveur, and Food Arts magazine, as well as being featured on the PBS series Cooking Under Fire.
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Table of contents

Walk On Water1. "Roger, We Got a Problem": An Introduction to the Beautiful, Horrible World of Pediatric Heart Surgery
2. The Virtuoso
3. Bad Hearts
4. Scaramouche
5. A Beautiful Heart
6. Serious Business
7. The Physician's Assistant
8. "The Physical Genius"
9. The Good, the Bad, and the Good Enough
10. The Norwood
11. What's It All About Anyway?
Sources and Acknowledgments
Resources for Parents
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Rating details

1,043 ratings
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4 35% (368)
3 16% (172)
2 5% (49)
1 2% (24)

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Michael Ruhlman explores the world of paediatric cardiac surgery in this book, when he profiles Dr. Roger Mee of the Cleveland Clinic. In his book, he describes the operations, how the medical professionals react as well as the family of the children. He gives detailed accounts of the happenings that can be understood by the average man off the street, and yet with enough subtle detail to satisfy a medical professional. Ruhlman's writing flows, taking you from when a problem is first found to the fragile ground of an operation and then to recovery after. You can feel the turbulent emotions of the parents knowing their child is ill, to the atmosphere of the operating theatre and the relief after. A beautiful window on the world of medicine and the people affected by it.show more
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