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Eugene Braunwald and the Rise of Modern Medicine

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ISBN 9780674724976

Publication Date: 09/09/2013


400 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

16 halftones, 10 line illustrations, 1 table


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[Lee] attempts to capture both the life of this remarkable man, now 84, and the explosive scientific progress that fundamentally altered medicine in the second half of the 20th century… [Braunwald] became a leader in medicine’s cultural shift toward relying less on experience and more on rigorous science… Lee’s book is thoroughly researched and well-written.—Abraham Verghese, Wall Street Journal

A pioneering 1971 study on myocardial infarction revealed that a heart attack is a process rather than a sudden karate chop, and hence eminently treatable. Eugene Braunwald’s finding has helped to cut U.S. heart-attack death rates from more than 30% to less than 10%. The story of the cardiologist’s life and work, set against a background of rapid change in medicine, is told engagingly by medic Thomas Lee. Braunwald has lived several lives since his 1938 escape from Nazi-controlled Austria, from glory years at the U.S. National Institutes of Health to his active ninth decade.Nature

An interesting retrospective about the changing nature of medicine and doctoring in American society through the well-told biography of one exemplary physician.—Aaron Klink, Library Journal

This well-written and well-researched book uses the personal history of Eugene Braunwald (1929–) to describe the development of many of today’s medical advances. Lee describes how the changing trends in society at large and the medical profession shaped medical research, health care funding, and even the process for men and women to enter the medical profession… The book is a delight to read since the author recorded this oral history directly from Braunwald himself. The fascinating story of his life as a physician and his rise as one of the most influential cardiologists of modern times, as well as the discussion of the medical profession, makes this a must read for all health care professionals.—R. G. McGee Jr., Choice

A splendid biography of the pioneer cardiovascular researcher. Lee is highly knowledgeable, a clear writer, and Eugene Braunwald is an absorbing subject—brilliant, resourceful, and idealistic. Eugene Braunwald and the Rise of Modern Medicine is a compelling story, and I found myself increasingly fascinated.—David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Eugene Braunwald remains far too little-known. The span of his work in cardiology has transformed medicine and human life. And Tom Lee has wrapped Braunwald’s life story in the tale of how American medicine changed the world, giving us a book that is as engrossing as it is inspiring.—Atul Gawande

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