Dr Marius Barnard is probably best remembered as a member of the pioneering medical team that performed the world's first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1967, with his brother Chris.
Dr Marius Barnard is probably best remembered as a member of the pioneering medical team that performed the world's first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1967, with his brother Chris. He was also an MP for the Progressive Federal Party, he worked to improve cardiac surgery standards behind the Iron Curtain and globally, and he played a leading role in the creation of critical illness insurance - his invention, and one that has played a significant part in creating protection insurance policies with local and international companies to the direct benefit of the sick and ailing. From his humble beginnings in the Karoo town of Beaufort West to his position as one of the world's leading cardiac surgeons, this book is a fascinating account of his life and work, and his relationships with his brother, his colleagues and his adversaries. With candour, authenticity and charm it brings to life the spellbinding successes and formidable challenges of this international medical icon.
Defining Moments , an autobiography by Marius Barnard with Simon Norval is a moving account of the life of the great doctor, a South African, who was part of the team that performed the first heart transplant with his brother at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1967. These brothers came from the humblest family beginnings and grew to be world leaders and will always be respected and of historical importance. The autobiography is written with humor, pathos, and great insights into history of politics and medicine during a critical time when the world was changing. This caring man took his professional life futher; during the darkest periods of Aparteid he fought to end it as a member of South African Parliament. He also was a leader in the financial world to help his fellow man's health and welfare, as the one who started critical illness insurance which became a world model. It is a book well written and enjoyable to read. It will stick with you for years.
Simon Norval has known the Barnard family for many years. An electronics systems engineer by profession, he is a specialist in ship navigation systems and consults on maritime legal inquiries. He lives in Cape Town and is the author of the novel Adamastor Rising.
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