The Work of Human Hands: Surgical Wonder at Children's Hospital

The Work of Human Hands: Surgical Wonder at Children's Hospital

by G. Wayne Miller
     
 

Hardy Hendren is not a household name, but he is an authentic American hero, an obsessively driven doctor whose work is studied and whose skills are sought throughout the world. He is �a surgeon�s surgeon: one of the world�s best,� according to C. Everett Koop, former surgeon general.

The Work of Human Hands is award-winning journalist G. Wayne Miller�s

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Hardy Hendren is not a household name, but he is an authentic American hero, an obsessively driven doctor whose work is studied and whose skills are sought throughout the world. He is �a surgeon�s surgeon: one of the world�s best,� according to C. Everett Koop, former surgeon general.

The Work of Human Hands is award-winning journalist G. Wayne Miller�s captivating and inspiring account of one of Hardy Hendren�s biggest challenges: Lucy Moore, a fourteen-month-old girl born with life-threatening defects of the heart, central nervous system and genitourinary system. Before Hendren, surgeons regarded Lucy�s condition as fatal. Now, largely due to Hendren�s contributions, these childen are saved and made normal. But even by Hendren�s standards, Lucy Moore is a daunting and demanding case.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Known as the top pediatric center in the U.S., Children's Hospital in Boston--and its world-famous chief surgeon Hardy Hendren--is the focus of this well-researched study by Miller ( Thunder Rise ), a staff writer for the Providence Journal-Bulletin, where his award-winning series on the hospital appeared. The book discusses advances in pediatrics, especially those made in Boston; new procedures devised by Hendren and notable predecessors and colleagues; and the patients whose lives they saved. All of this is engrossing. However, the narrative jumps back and forth in time distractingly, and recreates often superfluous dialogue and inner thoughts of the protagonists. Of great interest are the firsthand accounts of complex corrective or reconstructive surgery, often performed on the same patient and involving one or more systems (cardiovascular, lower intestinal, genital, etc.). Photos not seen by PW . Author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Miller sets out to give us a biography of Hardy Hendren, a legend in pediatric surgery at Boston's renowned Children's Hospital. What we actually get is a wonderful collage of American surgical history centered on but not limited to Hendren's life and work. Miller also shares with us the lives of Hendren's patients and their families. Throughout the book, Miller follows the Moore family from the time they discover that the child Mrs. Moore is carrying will have birth defects to Hendren's marathon operation (one of many that baby Lucy will have) to repair her coacal malformation. Thanks to Hendren's work, Lucy and more than 100 children like her will have a chance at a normal life. At a time when so many books are telling us what is wrong with American medicine, it's nice to see one that tells us what's good about those who provide our care. Recommended for all medical collections.-- KellyJo Houtz Parish, Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.
William Beatty
This is a biography of pioneering pediatric surgeon W. Hardy Hendren III of Boston's Children's Hospital. The thread that ties the book together, however, is little Lucy Moore, a baby with VATER sydrome, a rare and devastating maldevelopment of the intestinal, genitourinary, and cardiac systems. Beth and Jack Moore already had two healthy children when they learned that Lucy, their recently born third, was suffering from a "birth defect." After a long search for medical help, the Moores came to Hendren and started the long process of correcting the condition that ultimately ended in complete success. Miller does a first-rate job of showing how Hendren's youth and adolescence helped develop this remarkably persistent man. Hendren's sense of humor has also helped him--and his patients, their parents, and his surgical and office staffs--through difficult incidents, but it has been his love for problem solving and making things right that has driven him to a position of international eminence.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Only rarely does a work of nonfiction equal or surpass the novel in the art of storytelling, the play of emotion and the sheer grandeur of human spirit. Alive! by Piers Paul Read was such a book. So was Bruce Chatwin�s The Songlines and, more recently, Norman Maclean�s Young Men and Fire. To this short list I must add The Work of Human Hands.
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Mr. Miller reminds us that in the hands of visionary and dedicated doctors, miracles still happen
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Worshipful biographies of great surgeons are so common that one must really be special to merit attention. This one is

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679402640
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/16/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
359

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