The Heartbeat of Innovation: A History of Cardiac Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital

By Edward Shorter, Hugh E. Scully, and Bernard S. Goldman

© 2021

Great innovations take place within great institutions. Founded in 1819, Toronto General Hospital (TGH) is one of Canada’s oldest hospitals and has created a nurturing environment for early Canadian innovations in heart surgery. The Heartbeat of Innovation tells the story of the brilliant surgeons who worked there and the hospital environment that provided an incubator to the many people – skilled perfusionists, dedicated nurses, and pioneering cardiologists – who participated in the revolution in heart surgery that took place along University Avenue in Toronto.

Supported by historical records, hospital archives, personal memoirs, and interviews, this book is an extensive and descriptive account of the seemingly inexorable development of cardiac surgery at this leading academic health science centre. It pursues several themes: the complexity of this surgical specialty, its generally male-dominated nature, the trend to teamwork in practice, and the evolution and incorporation of original research into this branch of healthcare. These strands are woven together to demonstrate how the TGH has evolved into such a dominant leader in the competitive and demanding field of cardiac surgery. Canadian hearts may beat with pride at the knowledge that one of the major stories in modern medicine took place here – and continues here.

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  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Illustrations: 50
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the development of cardiovascular surgery at the Toronto General Hospital – now rated as one of the best hospitals in the world.

The Heartbeat of Innovation: A History of Cardiac Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital

By Edward Shorter, Hugh E. Scully, and Bernard S. Goldman

© 2021

Great innovations take place within great institutions. Founded in 1819, Toronto General Hospital (TGH) is one of Canada’s oldest hospitals and has created a nurturing environment for early Canadian innovations in heart surgery. The Heartbeat of Innovation tells the story of the brilliant surgeons who worked there and the hospital environment that provided an incubator to the many people – skilled perfusionists, dedicated nurses, and pioneering cardiologists – who participated in the revolution in heart surgery that took place along University Avenue in Toronto.

Supported by historical records, hospital archives, personal memoirs, and interviews, this book is an extensive and descriptive account of the seemingly inexorable development of cardiac surgery at this leading academic health science centre. It pursues several themes: the complexity of this surgical specialty, its generally male-dominated nature, the trend to teamwork in practice, and the evolution and incorporation of original research into this branch of healthcare. These strands are woven together to demonstrate how the TGH has evolved into such a dominant leader in the competitive and demanding field of cardiac surgery. Canadian hearts may beat with pride at the knowledge that one of the major stories in modern medicine took place here – and continues here.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Illustrations: 50
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Edward Shorter is Jason A. Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine and a professor of psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.



    Bernard S. Goldman is a professor emeritus of Cardiac Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a heart surgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Preface
    Introduction

    Part One: Getting Going

    1. Gordon Murray
    2. Uncle Bill
    3. “Bigelow’s Boys”
    4. Hypothermia Discovered
    5. First Operations
    6. Homes
    7. Pacemaker

    Part Two: Full Speed Ahead

    8. Bypass
    9. Moving On
    10. Pacemaker Clinic
    11. Ron Baird
    12. The Damaged Heart
    13. Valves
    14. Training
    15. Research

    Part Three: The Team

    16. Cardiologists
    17. Nurses
    18. Perfusionists
    19. Anesthetists

    Part Four: Today

    20. Tirone David
    21. Vivek Rao
    22. Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
    23. Next Gen
    24. Conclusion

    Appendix I: The Local, Regional, National, and International Impact of Residents and Fellows Who Trained and Studied at the Toronto General Hospital

    Appendix II: TGH Cardiac Surgeons Who Have Been Honoured by Awards and Elective Leadership Positions for Their Outstanding Contributions to Heart and Healthcare

    Appendix III: Leadership Other Than Awards

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