By Mimi Swartz: Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart

First there are many inaccuracies in this book I applaud her effort but she has not delivered She does not treat her subjects even handedly She fails to appreciate how success and achievement are the result of drive and determination taking rather cheap shots at Michael Debakey More concerning her writing lacks objectivity The writing style is like a novel which seems to have Texas sized exaggerations and outright confabulations Within the first 50 pages of the book she states that the first transplant was in 1969 it was 1967 Further for much of the information that her book contains which is not detailed she does not cite sources Having worked trained and practiced at the TMC she lacks the medical background and understanding to deride the very approach she feigns Hearts by Thomas Thompson is a much better book I ve read many books for laypeople regarding the topic of heart transplantation and the uest for the artificial heart involving the surgeons in Houston but this book took decades of details Enjoyed reading this book Well written and insightful to the layperson Amazing view into the livestimes of three reat clinicians of our time DeBakey Cooley and FrazierWish I could have The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, given it one star I felt it was too focused on the Texas Heart Institute understandable considering the author and the subjects were all Texas based There is a lot of stuffoing on beyond Texas and missing that presents a somewhat one sided perspective of the artificial heart space The author is from Huston and the book tends to make of the Texas importance in heart replacement Still a nice review of the work of surgeons in their attempts to find a solution to the failing heart Fair report on the DebakeyCooley todo Loved reading about the journey of heart operations and devices ending with the total artificial heart invented It wasn’t supposed to be this hard If America could send a man to the moon shouldn’t the best surgeons in the world be able to build an artificial heart In  Ticker  Texas Monthly executive editor and two time National Magazine Award winner Mimi Swartz shows just how complex and difficult it can be to replicate one of nature’s Inverloch Volume 4 greatest creations  Part investigative journalism part medical mystery Ticker is a dazzling story of modern innovation recounting 50 years of false starts abysmal failures and miraculous triumphs as experienced by one the world’s foremost heart surgeons OH “Bud” Frazier who hasiven his life to saving the un savable     His journey takes him from a small town in west Texas to one of the country’s most prestigious medical institutions The Texas Heart Institute from the halls of Congress to the animal laboratories where calves are fitted with new

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Lives half way around the The Good and Beautiful God globe He comes up with an ingenious idea for a pumping system and subseuently relocates to Houston He and his colleagues lobby a local celebrity entrepreneur and his wife to donate a large amount money for continuing research These later chapters are well written and researched but unfortunately the subjects and the subject matter is just not as engrossing as what proceeded themTicker is solid history for lay readers with euals parts of humanity and science This is a really hack job and of a biography of Bud who appears to be her close friend The Swartz factoids mentioned along with a raft of others in her book may seem at odds with history and memory to meShe has many many facts wrong and in many cases has lied about some of her sources Too bad Could have been aood book I uess this is simply one doctor s journey towards creating an artificial heart but it seemed like a promise of I read an excerpt from a magazine that pulled me into one man s story It was written like a novel and I thought the patient was oing to et some miraculous happy ending Instead he was one of many patients that tried an artificial heart like device and passed away I uess that s lifescience but they open the book with that story and almost never mention that patient again and barely provide any to the story other than this Dr tried to save him at one point I almost feel like I have to spoil the ending because essentially there is none Basically their best hope is still in development and testing If it ends up being the miracle invention they want they ll have to add to this book and properly finish it This was an interesting read but I didn t like how the book was constructed Reads like an adventure novel Ms Swartz knows her stuff and all the players A sober look at mans attempt to enter the bionic ag. Vils of experimentation run amuck   Rich in supporting players Ticker introduces us to Bud’s brilliant colleagues in his uixotic uest to develop an artificial heart Billy Cohn the heart surgeon and inventor who devotes his spare time to the pursuit of magic and music; Daniel Timms the Brisbane biomedical engineer whose design of a lightweight pulseless heart with but a single moving part offers a new way forward  And as The Horse in Celtic Culture government money dries up the unlikeliest of backers Houston’s furniture king Mattress Mack     In a sweeping narrative of one man’s obsession Swartz raises some of the hardest uestions of the human condition What are the tradeoffs of medical progress What is the cost in suffering and resources of offering patients a few months or years of life Must science do harm to doood Ticker takes us on an unforgettable journey into the power and mystery of the human hea.

Y an Australian Most of the action in Ticker takes place in Houston Texas Artificial heart research began there in the 1960s The 60s were a tumultuous decade but it was also a can do time in American history and the public perception was that the artificial heart was destined to become another American success story Simultaneously Americans were making reat accomplishments in outer space travel The national media wrote features about the leading heart surgeons and made them celebrities They were compared to NASA s first astronaut team Unfortunately the advances in artificial heart research proved to be modest at best Creating a viable mechanical heart pump to replace the real thing is multiple times difficult than etting a man to the lunar surfaceConsidering the technical subject matter Ticker is a visceral read The first half profiles the famous researchers DeBakey and Cooley They were super sized intellects with egos to match The earliest artificial hearts are described as large and somewhat cumbersome and the implantation of them in animals and people bordered on the inhumane These chapters are intriguing and real page turnersA presence throughout Ticker is noted heart surgeon Dr OH Bud Frazier His first person accounts throughout the book are an invaluable oral history of artificial heart research from its very beginnings to the present day Frazier comes off as a well Every Boys Dream grounded person He s a brilliant scientist a workaholic and a bit of an eccentric He provided a comforting presence because frankly many of the patient s stories in Ticker are uiterimThe second half of the book takes place much closer to the present day and we learn that artificial heart R D has stalled somewhat due in part to restrictive overnment regulations on testing in human beings The story shifts to an uncelebrated engineer who. Eart designs The roadblocks to success medical setbacks technological shortcomings overnment regulations are immense Still Bud and his associates persist finding inspiration in the unlikeliest of places A field beside the Nile irrigated by an Archimedes screw A hardware store in Brisbane Australia A seedy bar on the wrong side of Houston   Until post WWII heart surgery did not exist Ticker provides a riveting history of the pioneers who ave their all to the courageous process of cutting into the only organ humans cannot live without Heart surgeons Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley whose feud dominated the dramatic beginnings of heart surgery Christian Barnaard who changed the world overnight by performing the first heart transplant Inventor Robert Jarvik whose artificial heart made patient Barney Clark a worldwide symbol of both the brilliant promise of technology and the devastating

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