In Heart to Heart, Dr. Allen B. Weisse presents the first collection of in-depth conversations with some of the world's most renowned cardiologists and surgeons. Weisse's interviews bring a special vitality to the doctors' recollections of the people and events that influenced them, their motivations, their problems, their interactions with their contemporaries, and their hopes and beliefs for the future. Since not every doctor who has made important contributions to the treatment and prevention of heart disease could be interviewed for this volume, Weisse includes a biographical section listing other prominent cardiologists and surgeons as well as a list of recommended reading. This comprehensive history will be a resource for any student of cardiology or general medicine.
Weisse, an academic physician who has spent many years at the New Jersey Medical School, is the author of more than 100 medical papers in his specialty of cardiology and such previous books as Conversations in Medicine and Staff and the Serpent. His new book contains interviews he conducted between 1979 and 2000 with 16 pioneers in the diagnosis, prevention, and surgical treatment of cardiac disease. Many of the giants of 20th-century medicine are here: Richard Bing, John Kirklin, Arthur Guyton, Michael DeBakey, Eugene Braunwauld, Willis Hurst, and others. In these interviews, Weisse engages each subject in candid, lively talks about his work, influences, attitudes, and personal interests. A final chapter speculates on developments to come in the 21st century, and a useful section of "Biographical Notes" gives brief information about numerous individuals mentioned by the interviewees. Although Weisse cites several excellent histories of cardiology in a "Selected Bibliography," a short, introductory chapter outlining that history would have provided useful context for most readers. Nonetheless, this excellent work is recommended for all medical libraries and other libraries with an interest in popular histories of medicine.-A.J. Wright, Anesthesia Lib., Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham
From The Critics
This volume collects conversations with renowned cardiologists and surgeons on the subject of the progress made in the 20th century in methods of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart disease. The interviews by Weisse (New Jersey Medical School) range from the personal to the professional and contain the doctors' recollections of people and events that influenced them, as well as their motivations, problems, interactions with colleagues, and visions for the future. Also included is a biographic section listing other prominent doctors who made important contributions, as well as suggestions for further reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR