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 greatest creations. Part investigative journalism, part medical mystery, Ticker is a dazzling story of modern innovation, recounting fifty years of false starts, abysmal failures and miraculous triumphs, as experienced by one the world’s foremost heart surgeons, O.H. “Bud” Frazier, who has given 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 heart designs. The roadblocks to success —medical setbacks, technological shortcomings, government 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 gave 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 evils of experimentation run amuck. Rich in supporting players, Ticker introduces us to Bud’s brilliant colleagues in his quixotic quest 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 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 questions of the human condition. What are the tradeoffs of medical progress? What is the cost, in suffering and resources, of offering patients a few more months, or years of life? Must science do harm to do good? Ticker takes us on an unforgettable journey into the power and mystery of the human heart.
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Do you have the Coronary Prone Behavior Pattern? Are you chronically anxious, easily angered, irritable, or feel that you are never going to have enough time to do all of the things that you need to do and run around trying to do them anyway? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will want to read Stress and A Healthy Ticker. Do you have a history of heart disease in your family or have you had any cardiovascular illness yourself? If yes, you will want to read Stress and A Healthy Ticker. This book is easy to read, entertaining, and filled with practical information that you can start using today to protect your health and improve your quality of life. A mind/body approach to preventing and recovering from heart disease, the information and tools in this book may help you reduce your stress, improve your health, relationships, and quality of life. Everyone who reads Stress and A Healthy Ticker raves about how it has changed their life. Diana Weiss-Wisdom, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist (psy#12476) in private practice in Del Mar, California, a newspaper columnist, and is frequently asked to speak on the subject of stress, health, and optimism. Dr. Weiss-Wisdom can be reached at www.drdianaweiss-wisdom.com.
The End of time will come all of a sudden. The holy Qur'an tells us that it will appear to people as if they have tarried a single evening on Earth. The knowledge of the final Hour is with the Almighty God alone. When the Hour comes the moon would be cleft asunder. The serious question at this stage is how prepared are we for the final Hour; the exact timing of it, as mentioned already, is only known to the Almighty God, the most exalted and has not reveal it to any one. Mass production and mass organisation have blinded mankind, societies and nations. Mankind has become so engrossed in material things to the extent that they take no notice of the signs of the final Hour that are now evident every where. Instead mankind has chosen to waste precious time in ephemeral things. A brave soldier, who left his sword behind in his house and went out to fight with the scabbard: Indeed, any one who forgets the Day of meeting with his or her creator, will go empty handed into the Eternal Home and face the wrath of God on the Judgement Day.
My collection of poems. Since my poems are meaningless to those who are not animal lovers, I will present before each poem a little information about the subject matter so that my written words will have more meaning for you. So, if you are ready, here is my first poem—or maybe better described as a limerick.
When the surgeon who provided her with a clockwork heart is put on trial for murder, Penny Farthing's parents are kidnapped and Penny and her brother receive a ransom note demanding the research her parents kept on the procedures of her surgery.
Ticker follows twenty-something Spencer, a Geordie millennial who is deeply in love with the inestimable Gabi. But Spencers life is torn apart by Gabis untimely - and unexplained - death. How can he even begin to cope with finding himself suddenly a prime suspect and a chief mourner? Themes of outsider grief and loneliness meet black-humour and frank dialogue, exploring male identity, toxic aggression, and how not talking about things can eventually lead to self-destruction. Written and Performed by Tom Machell and Directed and Developed by Derek Anderson.'Machell is outstanding'Five Stars - New York Theatre Guide