The generic practice of medicine is boring. Face it. A most noble calling, granted. But invigorating to the point of excitement? An E.R. doctor sees a variation of the same illnesses on a repeated basis, as do most family medicine practitioners.
Forrester illuminates the real excitement of medicine: innovation.
Delving into the nuances of the most intelligent mechanical engineering product of all time, the human heart, Forrester exposes his readers to a fascinating tour through cardiovascular medicine. How did we begin operating on the heart? Why would a physician stick a knife into a closed chest? When did this all begin? The story continues to this day.
Man and surgery were two ends of a bridge. Only those with the guts to stand up to constant scrutiny were successful in creating a new era of cardiology. Only the brightest entered this domain, but that was never the only ingredient. The misfits had a sense of responsibility, a dream of innovation, and a knack for not giving a damn about the conventional methods of science and judgmental actions of their colleagues. You will find the same exact qualities in almost every innovator in cardiology.
When you put down the book you are left with a sense of awe for these characters. Not only did they radically shift the way we view the human heart, but they paved the way for an era of innovators that now have the tools of engineering and technology in their hands. It is only a matter of time before the future misfits in cardiology create a new century in the field of medicine treating the human heart. Cheers to the misfits.