The book Open Heart basically is about the medical field and how bad it is. In the first chapter it discusses Jay Neugeboren being misdiagnosed by two different doctors and since he has friends in high places he was able to go to Yale Hospital, getting the best care and the right diagnosis. He had almost 100% occlusion of his heart's arteries and had to have bypass surgery. It goes on about the fact that they really do not know that much about heart disease. Jay also lets us in on a little fact regarding his penis, he got scar tissue due to the catheter he had in it during his surgery, adding up to a bent penis. Thank you for sharing Jay. There was a lot said regarding how the science and the art of medicine have become dangerously separated, that the doctor for many reasons does not spend enough time with the patient, yet has fancy tools that they might not even be experienced in using trying to pacify the patient. The book tells us everything we already know. Doctors are not trained or have the ability to connect with patients. The book also goes on about topics from AIDS to Psychotherapy. At times it felt disjointed and was not sure why a topic was part of the book. I thought the book was going to be about a man being ill having heart surgery and his journey back to a regular life. I was so far off.
(I got this book from NetGalley for an honest review)