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    • Open Heart

    • A Cardiac Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
    • By: Stephen Westaby
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 37

    When Stephen Westaby witnessed a patient die on the table during an open heart surgery for the first time, he was struck by the quiet, determined way the surgeons walked away. As he soon understood, this detachment was a crucial survival strategy. In a profession where failure is literally a heartbeat away and the cost of that failure is death, how else could he live with the consequences of his performance? In Open Heart, Westaby reflects on over 11,000 surgeries.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Science or luck?

    • By Han-Ching Chiu on 04-17-18
    • A Cardiac Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
    • By: Stephen Westaby
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 06-20-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 44 ratings

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Fragile Lives

    • A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table
    • By: Stephen Westaby
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Grim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon's shoulder. A slip of the hand and life ebbs away. The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two. In the operating room, there is no time for doubt. It is flesh, blood, rib retractors and pumping the vital organ with your bare hand to squeeze the life back into it. An off day can have dire consequences - this job has a steep learning curve, and the cost is measured in human life. Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heart.

    Regular price: $13.85