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AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A HEART SURGEON
The Artificial Heart: The Frontier of Human Life
 

AMAZING ADVENTURES of a HEART SURGEON

The Artificial Heart: The Frontier of Human Life.
Domingo Liotta, MD

The book dwells upon the innermost core of old philosophies while also contrasting them with modern science.
In this collaborative endeavor between science and humanities, Amazing Adventures of a Heart Surgeon relates Liotta´s marvelous adventure to create the Assisted Mechanical Circulation—the Liotta-DeBakey ventricular assist device—and to develop the first artificial heart and its clinical application—the Liotta-Cooley total artificial heart— both first in the history of medicine.
In 2006, the Liotta-Cooley artificial heart was selected to be prominently displayed in the new Smithsonian Treasures of American History Exhibit in Washington, DC. “This establishes it as a worthy part of human history in my opinion,” stated Denton A. Cooley.

Amazing Adventures of a Heart Surgeon is aimed at:
• Physicians all over the world, throughout their tireless fight for human life.
• Youngsters that apply for universities. They will acquire well-defined concepts of philosophy—the mysterious power and ancient secrets of the first millennium BC— contrasting with modern science.
• Students of medicine. The existential two sides of medical science: on the one hand the glories of modern science and on the other hand the person whose mysterious and unique dignity is not shared with others and is unattainable by scientific knowledge. This is the mystery of human life.

The purpose of the book is:
• To review the history of Mechanical Assisted Circulation and the Artificial Heart, both clinically implanted for the first time in medical history in Houston, during the 60’s.
• To highlight that, above all, Liotta had the official mission of training cardiovascular surgeons, mostly on Chinese soil, for twenty-two years (1973-1996)

Preface

I humbly present this book to the thousands of patients I have treated. It is my gift to them.
My patients have always remained my deepest concern during the hours of anguish that were inevitable during fifty years of clinical practice in cardiac surgery. Throughout my career, I have firmly committed myself to successfully solving the complexities of their heart disease. I have put into this endeavor not only my medical knowledge, but also the compassion from the innermost depths of my heart. The resolution of patients’ pathologies is the motive that sets today’s dazzling cardiac surgery in motion.
I am sure that my dear patients remember very well the many trying and unforgettable circumstances that they have suffered —this is only human nature. Their treatments were performed under heavy pressure, and surgery often took place under the most demanding conditions.
In this book I dwell upon the innermost core of old philosophies that helped me to discover the profound mysteries and endless problems of life, while also contrasting those philosophies with science. These humanistic studies help me to overcome the difficulties of my daily work dealing with patients suffering from advanced heart failure. Despite their apparent deep-rooted difference with my work in the operating room, these humanistic messengers were a blessing, a vital, instinctive force necessary to keep me fighting on in the most tragic conditions.
This scholarly reasoning —this mysterious, romantic thought— is usually the strongest motive in the cardiac surgeon’s mind as he seeks the majestic peace that comes from an honest desire to do his duty with both scientific knowledge and true dignity. To my dear patients, I dedicate these as well.

Domingo Liotta, MD

AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A HEART SURGEON

The Artificial Heart: The Frontiers of Human Life

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Domingo Liotta, M.D.

  Education and Qualifications
Venerable Records
  The Enchanted Garden
 
SECTION I
TAOISM: Soul and Nature
THE HEART IN CHINESE IDEOGRAMS
 
CHAPTER 1
Pierre Marion at the Ancienne Eglise
CHAPTER 2
In the Old Church Nave
CHAPTER 3
In Search of Tian Tshi

CHAPTER 4
Taoism

  An ancient Chinese Philosophy
as Background to the Modern struggle
for Preservation of the Planet’s Ecology
SECTION II
THE PHILOSOPHICAL ADVENTURE

Introduction
CHAPTER 5
The Crafty Old Fox

CHAPTER 6
Inima’s Philosophical Simplified “Formula”:

  The Teaching of Philosophy in Contrast to Science
CHAPTER 7
The First Millennium BC
  Axial Time of Humanity
Ugarit: Mythic lost City
CHAPTER 8
Socrates
  The Discovery of the Concept
Amicus Humani Genesis
(friend of human race)
CHAPTER 9
Plato
  The Discovery of Logic Dialogue
CHAPTER 10
The Two Worlds of Plato

CHAPTER 11
Aristotle

  The discovery of Scientific Research
CHAPTER 12
Aristotle
  Act and Potential
CHAPTER 13
Saint Thomas of Aquinas
  Reason and Faith
CHAPTER 14
Modern Scientific Atheism
SECTION III
SCIENCE IN OLD CULTURES
Introduction
CHAPTER 15
Esthetics and Art
in the Greeks’ Time
CHAPTER 16
The Mysterious Power of Shamanism
CHAPTER 17
Greeks’ Medicine

CHAPTER 18
Diets, Genetics and Heredity
in the Greeks’ Time

  The Grounds of Today’s Diets
CHAPTER 19
The Conception of Cardiovascular System
in the Greeks’s Time
  The Perpetual Circle of Scientific Knowledge
CHAPTER 20
The Oxygenation of Tissues
  The pneuma
CHAPTER 21
The Heart and the Midbrain

CHAPTER 22
The end of the Summerhouse Lectures

  The Ordeal of Dr. Angel J. Battistessa
CHAPTER 23
Kant’s Transcendental Idealism
SECTION IV
BIOLOGY WITH A MACHINE
No Pause to Fight for Life
CHAPTER 24
Mechanic Circulatory Assistance:
Left Ventricular Assist Device
  First Clinical Use
1961-1966: The Feat on the Grounds
* Baylor University College of Medicine
* Methodist Hospital, Houston
Dear is Plato, but dearest still is truth
CHAPTER 25
Artificial Heart
  First Clinical Use
1959-1969: The Feat on the Grounds
* National University of Cordoba, Argentina
* Baylor University College of Medicine
* Texas Heart Institute, Houston
CHAPTER 26
Christmas Concord
  11:00 A.M, December 21, 1968
SECTION V
SOUVENIRS OF THE OLD DAYS
CHAPTER 27
Houston, Texas, in the 1960s
SECTION VI
THE ARCHIVES OF THE MEMORY
CHAPTER 28
Criticism and Estimate
CHAPTER 29
Israel
  Relieving Melancholy of Old Time
CHAPTER 30
Chu En-lai
  The Visionary of Modern China’s Destiny
CHAPTER 31
The Anatomy Lesson
  The Existential two sides of Medical Science
Epilogue
 
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