NNLM Reading Club: Heart Health
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Discussion Guide for The Open Heart Club
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The Open Heart Club is both a memoir of life on the edge of medicine's reach and a history of the remarkable people who have made such a life possible. It begins with the visionary anatomists of the seventeenth century, tells the stories of the doctors (all women) who invented pediatric cardiology, and includes the lives of patients and physicians struggling to understand the complexities of the human heart. This autobiography from a writing professor, who was born with a congenital heart defect at the advent of open-heart surgery, talks about living with his chronic heart condition and multiple surgeries and how his heart care has changed over time due to medical advances. He also discusses advances in congenital heart treatment for kids and adults.
The Open Heart Club: A Story About Birth and Death and Cardiac Surgery | Gabriel Brownstein | Hachette Book Group | 2019 | 368 pages | ISBN: 978-1610399494
Gabriel Brownstein has published a novel, The Man from Beyond, and a book of stories, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W. For his short fiction, he has won a PEN/Hemingway Award and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at St. John's University in Queens, New York, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.