Sunday Times


James-Brent Styan, Jonathan Ball Publishers, R240

- Tiah Beautement @ms_tiahmarie

What makes this biography of Christiaan Barnard so interestin­g is that it demonstrat­es how Barnard’s work fits into the worldwide scientific community, then and now. This includes interestin­g trivia; such as Barnard was not the first to attempt a heart transplant. It was Tom Hardy, an American, who put a chimpanzee’s heart into a 68-year-old man (he died 90 minutes later). But the most alarming take away is Styan’s insight to how access to heart operations for South Africa’s underprivi­leged is rapidly declining. This is despite the fact that, “in South Africa, heart disease is the leading cause of death among children under the age of 5”.

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