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The Trauma Chronicles

By Stephen Westaby

‘Never, never, never give in’, Winston Churchill’s famous quotation best sums up the life of Stephen Westaby, the world-leading cardiothoracic surgeon.

This book chronicles the triumphs and failures of his surgical life, the lives saved and extended, the innovations (such as artificial hearts) he developed, and his research discoveries.

Having spent his childhood in the backstreets of a northern steel town, he went on to become one of the world’s foremost heart surgeons. His drive for perfection in his profession took him to the world-renowned Harefield Hospital, the foremost heart surgery centre in Birmingham, Alabama, the newly-created Cardiothoracic Centre in Oxford, and then
in 2019 in Wuhan he was the first Western doctor to learn about Covidbefore the virus was identified.

Following on from his two earlier best-selling works, Fragile Lives and The Knife’s Edge this volume is written with humour and a doctor’s reverence for life and his patients. The Trauma Chronicles gives an unmissable insight into the world of one of the greatest living heart surgeons.

About Stephen Westaby

Stephen Westaby rose from a poor family in the North of England to become one of the world’s top heart surgeons. A rugby injury sustained while still at medical school transformed his personality into a flamboyant, driven, ambitious and almost manic determination to succeed in his chosen specialty, thoracic surgery. Decades later he was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

This drive for perfection in his profession (in spite of or because of ADD) took him to the world-renowned Harefield Hospital, the foremost heart surgery centre in Birmingham, Alabama, the newly-created cardiothoracic centre in Oxford, and then in 2019 in Wuhan he was the first Western doctor to learn about Covid before the virus was identified. Westaby recounts his time training and working with the giants and pioneers of cardiac surgery, including Christian Barnard, Denton Cooley, and John Kirklin to name but a few.

His career was perhaps best characterised by Winston Churchill’s ‘Never, never, never give in’ and this book chronicles the triumphs and failures of his surgical life, the lives saved and extended, the innovations (such as artificial hearts) he developed, and his research discoveries.

Following on from his  two earlier best-selling works, this volume is written with humour, insight, and a doctor’s reverence for life and his patients The Trauma Chronicles is an unmissable memoir of one of Britain’s and the world’s foremost surgeons.

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