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Open Hearts: Memoirs Of a Cardiac Surgeon [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Borman
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From his childhood in South Africa to his education and marriage in England and his eventual career in Israel, renowned cardiac surgeon Professor Joseph Borman narrates the highlights of his highly accomplished life and career with wit and humanity. Borman s many contributions to Israeli medicine and society include the emergency surgery he performed on the critically injured soldier Doron Lancet during the 1967 Six-Day War, which saved the life of the man who would go on to become the leader of the Israeli team that helped map the human genome. Always focused on ethics above all, Borman relates dilemmas such as the choice of an Arab recipient for a heart donated by the family of a reserve officer in the Israel Defense Forces killed by an Arab terrorist. Professor Borman also recounts the interesting stories of some of his patients and describes the roots trip he and his wife have taken with their children to the ancestral Eastern European towns where their parents were born and lived.

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Professor Joe Borman is a giant of Israeli medicine and the founding father of modern open-heart cardiac surgery.... Joe was a pioneer in valve replacement surgery, particularly in children. He pioneered coronary artery bypass surgery in Israel and undertook the nation s first successful heart transplantation. His surgical prowess was unusual and many of his patients are alive thirty years after their initial operations. He was a gentle and patient surgeon and a unique leader of the team, maintaining quiet discipline and excellent interpersonal relationships.... This autobiography reveals the development, aspirations and internal self-searching of a great cardiac surgeon. It is essential reading for everyone who wishes to understand the inner workings of modern medicine. --Professor Mervyn Gotsman, previous head, Department of Cardiology, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem

Thousands suffering from life-threatening heart disease have gained many years of quality life and pleasure thanks to this unique individual with his skills, his open mind and his open heart. However, should a representative of the media interview him on the subject he would never take full credit for his success. It s not a one-man show, it s team work and without the contribution of every single member it would never work out. --Joram Rozov, former Associate Professor, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

You know, if I have never before understood exactly why I am in Israel, today I have the answer. I feel so much a part of the country. I feel I am contributing in the most meaningful way I can to the care of the wounded and to the welfare of Israel as a whole. I shall never again have doubts about our decision to settle in this small, developing land which is our own and which is so dear to Jews all over the world. --Dr. Joe Borman, phone call to his wife from Beersheba Hospital during the Six-Day War

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Professor Joe Borman, born in South Africa and a long-term resident of Jerusalem, is a pioneer of open-heart surgery in Israel. He headed the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem for twenty-five years. Internationally perceived as an expert in his field, he performed many thousands of open-heart operations, published over 150 research articles in high-caliber professional journals, and trained a new generation of young surgeons, many of whom subsequently became independent chiefs of departments throughout the country. Professor Borman attained wide respect not only for his surgical achievements and his integrity but also for his affable bearing and for passing on his enthusiasm to his staff. Above all he is known for his humane, respectful attitude to patients and their families. It is not in vain that he has been widely referred to as the gentleman of the medical profession.

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  • File Size: 1513 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House (July 1, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but just so April 17, 2014
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Parts of the book were of great interest. However, too much of it was a travelogue of place he and his family have been. There was also much about his children and grandchildren. While of interest to his friends and family, it is a bit much for the general reader of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, informative, and inspiring history January 1, 2014
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Most autobiographies were composed as personal memorials that only interest the authors’ families. This is not the case here. Dr. Joseph B. Borman, a giant of Israeli medicine and the founding father of modern open-heart surgery, tells the story of how he went from being a poor man whose parents sacrificed to send him and his sister to school, who when he married could hardly afford a honeymoon, went step by step, job after job, until he became one of the world's top surgeons. The book is interesting and inspiring because the doctor tells us not only about his successes but also about his mistakes, failures, and embarrassments. When he took a job in Israel, for example, and knew only a few Hebrew words, a nurse helped him, and although he was married, other nurses thought she was his girlfriend.

The book is filled with fascinating well-told episodes such as the anti-Semitism that he and other Jews suffered in South Africa during World War II, how blacks were treated in South Africa at that time, how he failed a significant test, how he mistakenly turned down a date with an Israeli woman, the unusual way he met and treated his future wife, and most significantly, how he became a world-renowned surgeon. Readers will enjoy the book that reads like a novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re the book, Open Hearts April 23, 2014
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Very readable, especially so since I nursed at Hadassah Hospital in Prof.Borman's Dept. years ago[1989-1994]. A talented surgeon who certainly had a well travelled life and a very warm and happy family. It actually arrived on my birthday which was a pleasant surprise!
Just to add, I was interested to learn that Prof. Borman earlier in his career studied and worked at the now named Royal Marsden Hospital in London. In 1977 I did a cardio thoracic paediatric intensive care course at the block next door at the Brompton,[now Royal],Brompton hospital], and again in 1983 nursed for a year there in a paediatric cardiology ward there.Wish I had known that and we could have had an interesting talk or two when I was in Israel!
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