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Walk on Water

Inside An Elite Pediatric Surgical Unit
Ruhlman, Michael (Book - 2003)
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Michael Ruhlman is fascinated by people at work-especially those in pursuit of perfection. The Soul of a Chefand Wooden Boatshave established him as a deft chronicler of unique cultural microcosms. Now, in Walk on Water, he documents life in the most intense environment yet-a pediatric heart center specializing in neonatal open-heart surgery. The precision needed for such delicate surgery puts "soul-crushing, diamond-making stress" on physicians and nurses every time they operate. The colorful focus of Ruhlman's narrative is the Cleveland Clinic's world-renowned, idiosyncratic Dr. Roger Mee-a virtuoso within a very select surgical specialty and a mine of information on statistics, ethics, and medical politics. A riveting glimpse into the heart and mind of a man in whose hands literally rests a young baby's life on a daily basis, Walk on Waterexplores controversial topics-from questionable referral patterns by cardiologists to physicians who are punished for doing what's best for their patients to physicians who don't do what's best for their patients-and breaks the taboo on subjects not often written about. Walk on Wateris a must for all readers of serious nonfiction that will also have health professionals and the media paying rapt attention.
Authors: Ruhlman, Michael, 1963-
Title: Walk on water
inside an elite pediatric surgical unit
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
Characteristics: 340 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Ruhlman
ISBN: 0670032018
Branch Call Number: 617.98 R933w 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-336)
Subject Headings: Congenital heart disease in children Surgery Pediatric cardiology Heart Surgery Pediatric surgeons United States Biography Mee, Roger
Topical Term: Congenital heart disease in children
Pediatric cardiology
Pediatric surgeons
LCCN: 2002033061
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