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Christiaan Barnard

The Surgeon Who Dared

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Christiaan Barnard by David Cooper
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From humble beginnings as a `barefoot boy' in a small town in the heart of South Africa, he learned to mix with presidents and prime ministers, with royalty and popes, and quickly embraced the high-life of the jet-set who surrounded him. Throughout life, he was a serial womanizer, bedding famous European film stars (and their secretaries). He survived three tempestuous marriages and divorces, each wife becoming younger than the last until their age difference reached 40 years. This scientifically-trained surgeon called on the services of a `witchdoctor' (a sangoma)-unsuccessfully-to help punish those who had contributed to the break-up of his second marriage. With no experience himself, he trained his daughter to become the second-ranked water skier in the world, though he was disappointed she never became world champion. Perhaps the immense effort he put into driving her to success accounted for the relative neglect of his oldest son, who, as a young doctor, suffered increasing depression until he died of a drug overdose at an early age. The surgeon pursued his goals in heart surgery despite a lifetime of pain from arthritis and a disability from asthma, which might eventually have killed him.
Release date NZ
November 23rd, 2017
Author
Pages
576
Illustrations
85 colour and black and white photographs
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Fonthill Media
Dimensions
156x234x50
ISBN-13
9781781556399
Product ID
26878239

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