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Five minutes with . . . Tom Treasure

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 27 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4472
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. The BMJ

The cardiothoracic surgeon describes the birth of heart surgery

“My book looks at the ‘heart club,’ a team of London doctors and scientists who, in the late 1940s, took the decision to operate on children with Fallot’s tetralogy, at a time when any kind of heart surgery was contraindicated. The club kept meticulous notes, which sat on the shelves of the cardiology department at Guy’s until I got hold of them when the building was demolished in the 1990s.

“What’s interesting about these notes is that they form a consecutive record, which includes all their failures, disappointments, and frustrations. …

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