Medical Novel/Technothriller Written by the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Yale - “Transplant”
Posted Jan 22 2010 9:08am
I don’t normally promote books here, but this one seemed to be of genuine interest as we read transplant horror stories all the time, trafficking, selling on the black market, etc. This book is a novel and is fiction, written by the Chief of Cardiology at Yale University. We have all heard that many doctors are exploring other areas of income, and this certainly could fit the bill here. I’m certain with the years of expertise in surgical procedures, the doctor has some unique and different focuses he could use from his own experience to compose a novel based on how far one will go to get a transplant, which is the basis of the novel.
Speaking of Yale and cardiology, I did an interview with a doctor from Yale, Dr. Bart Muhs, Head of Interventional Surgery at Yale, so we are all connected here in the cardiology department.
The novel does includes a glossary of medical terms and real-life scientific papers that relate to the story as well as a picture of Dr. Elefteriades on the cover during surgery. Will have to check this one out myself. BD
Medical Novel/Technothriller Written by the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Yale Asks How Far a Father Should Be Allowed to Go to Obtain an Organ For His Dying Son
Ethical questions arise when a billionaire businessman will do anything to have a famous heart surgeon perform an illegal procedure on his son
New Haven, Connecticut - The newly released novel Transplant by John A. Elefteriades, M.D., breaks new ground on several fronts. For starters, this medical technothriller engrosses readers while simultaneously teaching medicine. Written by John A. Elefteriades, M.D., chief of cardiac surgery at Yale University, the book relays tangibly real operating room sequences and cutting edge surgery within a plot that explores questions no book - or real-life human being for that matter - to date has asked.
Transplant is unique in that its central issue revolves around a chilling ethical problem in human transplantation that has not yet occurred but that is sure to garner future headlines. In a nutshell, how far should a father be allowed to go to obtain an organ for his dying son?
The novel is also unusual in that it contains a formal didactic section in its final pages that includes a glossary of medical terms, real-life scientific papers pertinent to the medicine involved in the story, and an analysis of the core issue by distinguished ethicist Dr. Harold Baillie, provost and professor of philosophy at the University of Scranton.
Finally, the book breaks new ground with its cover photo, whichshows Dr. Elefteriades performing open heart surgery in Room 15 of Yale-New Haven Hospital. How many novels show the author performing cardiac surgery on the cover?
Professor of Medicine Mariell Jessup, M.D., also the director of the Heart Failure/Transplant program at the University of Pennsylvania, calls the novel "A gripping tale of violence and intrigue set within the world of transplant surgery." She adds, "Dr. Elefteriades makes abstract ethical questions about life and death bristle with urgency. This is a skilled and accurate depiction of heart transplant and a horrifying scenario that could occur when money and power join forces."