On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir

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"In the first few pages of William O'Rourke's gripping book I learned what it feels like to have a heart attack and how the pressure or pleasure of daily events can keep us postponing the visit to the Emergency Room. Now, I tell myself, I'll be prepared even in the middle of the night or at a sports event." —Maggie Strong, author of Mainstay: For the Well Spouse of the Chronically Ill

 

"For anyone who has ever had a serious medical crisis, or been close to someone who has, William O'Rourke's book is ...

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Overview

"In the first few pages of William O'Rourke's gripping book I learned what it feels like to have a heart attack and how the pressure or pleasure of daily events can keep us postponing the visit to the Emergency Room. Now, I tell myself, I'll be prepared even in the middle of the night or at a sports event." —Maggie Strong, author of Mainstay: For the Well Spouse of the Chronically Ill

 

"For anyone who has ever had a serious medical crisis, or been close to someone who has, William O'Rourke's book is essential reading. O'Rourke takes us on a fascinating, compelling journey into the literal and figurative heart of a gloriously full and fragile life. He illuminates much about our vitality and our mortality, and the ways in which fortune and modern medicine can collaborate in our individual and collective fates. This is a rich tale by a splendid storyteller—a most unforgettable, informative, and deeply moving memoir of one man's struggles and triumphs." —Jay Neugeboren, author of Open Heart: A Patient's Story of Life-Saving Medicine and Life-Giving Friendship

 

"O'Rourke' s book and its long description of having a heart attack may scare the bejesus out of you, but it certainly sheds a lot of light on the subject. He's writing about what he knows and he knows a lot. His book is full of life—full of heart—and necessary reading for anyone who's ever thought twice about the tough organ that keeps us alive." —Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming and Bush Lies in State

 

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Editorial Reviews

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“Books about heart attacks and heart disease abound, mostly authored by health care professionals who specialize in the treatment of heart patients or work as nutritionists. Books written by actual survivors of an MI . . . are rare and a book, such as this, written by someone who is both a survivor and a noted author, is certainly the exception . . . this memoir is much more than just a self-help book. The author examines the many personal thoughts the patient stricken by a heart attack unavoidably encounters. . . . It is a book that doctors and nurses should read and learn from, and one that all those should read who are potentially threatened with heart disease.” —Third Coast

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268037260
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William O’Rourke is the author of numerous books, including, among others, The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left, and the novels The Meekness of Isaac and Idle Hands. He is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and the director of its graduate creative writing program.

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