不应该这么难的。如果美国能把人送上月球，难道世界上最好的外科医生就不能造出人造心脏吗?在《Ticker》中，《德克萨斯月刊》执行主编、两次获得国家杂志奖的米米·斯沃茨向我们展示了复制大自然最伟大的创造之一是多么复杂和困难。部分是新闻调查，部分是医学之谜，《Ticker》是一个关于现代创新的令人眼花缭乱的故事，讲述了世界上最著名的心脏外科医生之一O.H.“巴德”弗雷泽五十年来经历的错误开始、糟糕的失败和奇迹般的胜利，他把自己的生命献给了拯救无法挽救的人。他的旅程从德克萨斯州西部的一个小镇到全国最负盛名的医疗机构之一——德克萨斯心脏研究所，从国会大厅到动物实验室，在那里给小牛安装新的心脏设计。通往成功的障碍——医疗挫折、技术缺陷、政府监管——是巨大的。尽管如此，巴德和他的同事们仍然坚持不懈，在最不可能的地方找到了灵感。尼罗河旁的田地，用阿基米德螺旋灌溉。澳大利亚布里斯班的一家五金店。一个休斯敦另一边的破酒吧。 Until post WWII, heart surgery did not exist. Ticker provides a riveting history of the pioneers who gave their all to the courageous process of cutting into the only organ humans cannot live without. Heart surgeons Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley, whose feud dominated the dramatic beginnings of heart surgery. Christian Barnaard, who changed the world overnight by performing the first heart transplant. Inventor Robert Jarvik, whose artificial heart made patient Barney Clark a worldwide symbol of both the brilliant promise of technology and the devastating evils of experimentation run amuck. Rich in supporting players, Ticker introduces us to Bud’s brilliant colleagues in his quixotic quest to develop an artificial heart: Billy Cohn, the heart surgeon and inventor who devotes his spare time to the pursuit of magic and music; Daniel Timms, the Brisbane biomedical engineer whose design of a lightweight, pulseless heart with but a single moving part offers a new way forward. And, as government money dries up, the unlikeliest of backers, Houston’s furniture king, Mattress Mack. In a sweeping narrative of one man’s obsession, Swartz raises some of the hardest questions of the human condition. What are the tradeoffs of medical progress? What is the cost, in suffering and resources, of offering patients a few more months, or years of life? Must science do harm to do good? Ticker takes us on an unforgettable journey into the power and mystery of the human heart.