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.
Long overlooked in histories of finance, women played an essential role in areas such as banking and the stock market during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Yet their presence sparked ongoing controversy. Hetty Green's golden touch brought her millions, but she outraged critics with her rejection of domesticity. Progressives like Victoria Woodhull, meanwhile, saw financial acumen as more important for women than the vote. George Robb's pioneering study sheds a light on the financial methods, accomplishments, and careers of three generations of women. Plumbing sources from stock brokers' ledgers to media coverage, Robb reveals the many ways women invested their capital while exploring their differing sources of information, approaches to finance, interactions with markets, and levels of expertise. He also rediscovers the forgotten women bankers, brokers, and speculators who blazed new trails--and sparked public outcries over women's unsuitability for the predatory rough-and-tumble of market capitalism. Entertaining and vivid with details, Ladies of the Ticker sheds light on the trailblazers who transformed Wall Street into a place for women's work.
On September 11, 2001, cable television news outlets began presenting viewers with a continuous news ticker, or crawl, on the bottom portion of the television screen, a feature that continues to be employed today. This study, the most comprehensive look at the news ticker to date, presents a three-pronged approach to understanding the news ticker and its effects on viewer comprehension and retention of information delivered in the main story (i.e., the upper, non-ticker, portion of the television screen). The study's main finding, derived from a viewer comprehension experiment, is that the presence of the news ticker is significantly negatively correlated with viewer comprehension of main story information. Additionally, a content analysis finds that while there are differences between the news tickers of CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, these cable news outlets most often present a ticker featuring information that is unrelated to the main story. Results from a cable news viewer uses and gratifications survey suggest that most viewers watch cable news in order to become better informed, however experimental results indicate that this goal is being achieved at very low levels, with the news ticker worsening such a situation. The study interprets these findings through the lens of information overload theory, which posits that an individual presented with a large amount of disparate information at one time will have cognitive difficulties comprehending and retaining specific pieces of the information set.
Microsoft Excel VBA Professional Projects illustrates and teaches intermediate to advanced techniques in VBA programming using Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet application. It provides an introduction to VBA and Excel VBA before proceeding through four to five programming projects using Excel to illustrate basic and advanced programming techniques. It does not assume any prior knowledge of Excel VBA programming.