Breathless A Transplant Surgeon’s Journal (270pp, $19.95) by Dr. Thomas R.J. Todd, is primarily a book about people. It relates the human interest stories of lung transplant patients both before and after the team at the University of Toronto performed the world’s first successful single and double lung procedures.
Dr. Todd, who was a member of the original surgical team, participated in many of the early procedures and eventually became the program’s director.
He writes of his adventures with donor runs—including the “bells and whistles” of police transport from airports—and his relationship with his colleagues, staff, and, most importantly, his patients. This personal account, along with the difficulties around the early procedures and the improvements that occurred over time, make for fascinating reading.
Enjoy this sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, but always courageous and inspirational inside look into a remarkable human drama whose real-life characters are true pioneers in Canadian medicine.
Breathless A Transplant Surgeon’s Journal (ISBN#978-1-897113-54-7), by Dr. Thomas R.J. Todd, is published by General Store Publishing House, Renfrew, Ontario, and retails for $19.95. Contact Ann Forgie: Tel: 1-800-465-6072 Fax: (613) 432-7184 or Email.
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