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Item #: 20249
Our Price: $15.00


Join the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on Wednesday March 14th at 5:30pm, for a reflection on the historic and dramatic race to transplant the first human heart.

• Join a panel of VCU Health transplant surgeons as they discuss Donald McRae's book Every Second Counts, which details the critical role that the late Dr. Richard Lower and the Medical College of Virginia played in the events leading up to the first human heart transplant in December 1967 and the first human heart transplant by Dr. Lower at MCV in May 1968.  

• The panel will highlight innovations in human organ transplantation during the past 50 years. 

• If you would like to pick up your order in the Museum Shop during the lecture, please select the “In Store Pick Up” option when on the Select Shipping Method page during check-out. 


by Donald McRae

The dramatic race to transplant the first human heart spanned two years, three continents, and five cities against a backdrop of searing tension, scientific brilliance, ethical controversy, racial strife, and emotional turmoil. It culminated in a terrifying moment in the early hours of December 3, 1967, when, in a cramped operating theater in a Cape Town hospital, Professor Chris Barnard stared into an empty cavity from which he had just removed a heart. He knew that he had only minutes left to make history and save the life of a 55-year-old man by filling the gaping hole in his chest with a heart that had just been beating inside a 25-year-old woman.

Every Second Counts is the story of this gripping race to conquer the greatest of medical challenges. It also reveals the truth about the man at the center of it all, whose turbulent life story was just as gripping. The kind of true story that would be dismissed as far-fetched if presented as fiction, it combines an utterly compelling portrait of cutting-edge science with raw human drama, and it shows how the course of medicine itself was changed forever.

368 pages, 9781471135347, Simon and Schuster UK, 2014, Softcover