We are not meant to touch hearts. We all have one, but most of
us will never see one. The heart surgeon now has that privilege
but, for centuries, the heart was out of reach even for
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'UK consultant cardiac surgeon Samer Nashef joins the swelling
ranks of medics who have penned frank inside stories. Piquant
detail abounds ... but it is Nashef's long study of risk that
injects nuance. It began in 1977, when he discovered that arterial
surgeons were responsible for the worst outcomes in a sample of
abdominal aortic aneurysm operations. Such failures have, he shows,
driven quality measurement in medicine, including his own
heart-surgery risk model, EuroSCORE.'
--Barbara Kiser "Nature "
'One can't help but think of Henry Marsh when reading Samer
Nashef ... Nashef does a fine job of guiding the reader though the
surgical and statistical intricacies and he writes clearly, with
plentiful moments of humour.'
--Peter Forbes "The Independent "
'A readable and generous book.'
--Kitty Wheater "Irish Examiner "
'[The Naked Surgeon] takes a scalpel to the medical
profession and asks if patients get the standard of care they have
the right to expect from their surgeons ... A valuable
--Freddie Wood "Irish Independent "
'Sam Nashef's brief and absorbing account of the development of
safer outcomes in cardiac surgery is a valuable insight into the
mindset of all surgeons. The book places in context important
episodes in the development of cardiac surgery and describes the
process of driving down mortality rates within a specialty that was
initially very dangerous but has now become very safe.
'This book is a must read for all surgeons at any stage in their
careers but more importantly the book should be mandatory reading
for those that would try to understand the inner workings of the
surgical mind. Here I would include particularly anaesthetists,
operating theatre staff, surgical nurses, surgical managers and all
surgical patients past, present and future.'
'Bold, brilliant ... [The Naked Surgeon explains] why
risk-adjusted surgical outcomes, and similar assessment in all
specialities, are so important. And it details the many traps that
the well-meaning can walk into when compiling or comparing data.
Nashef's writing is lucid, free of medical jargon and, unlike many
academic books, it is not dry, being strewn with anecdotes and
jokes ... An essential book for anyone contemplating surgery,
medical treatment, or a career in medicine.'
--Leyla Sanai "Independent on Sunday "
'[The Naked Surgeon] takes a Malcolm Gladwell-esque look
at what happens in operating theatres ... If a book-length
examination of the topic sounds dry, it isn't. Nashef's humanity
and compassion shine through.'
'A superb book for anyone who wants to understand the challenges
and complexities of transparency and accountability in the NHS.
Told through the eyes of a heart surgeon, it's gripping, honest and
numerate -- an essential companion in our journey from blind trust
in doctors to kind truth.
'The Naked Surgeon
is both is a very important and timely
book. Heart surgeon Samer Nashef takes us on a gripping journey
from blind trust in surgeons to kind truth. His writing is
engagingly honest and numerate, and he is unashamedly open about
the risks, benefits and past disasters of his profession, and the
importance of focusing on outcomes and knowing where you're
heading. Secrecy and cover-up have done huge damage to patients,
professionals and the NHS, but the new march to absolute
transparency must also be handled with care. Statistics are always
simplifications, further distorted in the media, and there is a
delicate balance to be had in holding professionals to account and
scaring them away from innovation and operating on those who are at
highest risk and have most to gain. This book will be vital to
anyone who has to weigh up the pros and cons of surgery. And that's
most of us, at some stage.'--Dr Phil Hammond