Heartsblood Author:Paul Martin MATTHEW KRAFT, professor of medicine, brilliant cardiologist, and Nobel Prize nominee, is "larger than life" in every way: physically large, mentally superior to all the other doctors, passionate in his involvement with the only thing that has any meaning for him-his work as a heart specialist. After being forced to abandon a career in laborato... more »ry research, he rises to the top of his field through a combination of genius and ruthless dedication. His patients adore him. His colleagues fear him. He is oblivious to his devoted wife, who is driven into an unsatisfactory affair when she senses that for her husband, medicine is both wife and mistress.
The crisis in Kraft's life comes when he suffers a heart attack and becomes aware of the fact that he is living under the shadow of death. He chooses a promising young doctor, Andrew Essai, as his protege. But unlike Kraft, Essai is a man of flesh and blood. His passionate involvement with women and his sense of personal integrity share the stage with his medical ambitions.
Kraft realizes that he cannot transfer his dedication and monomania to another. When his heart disease recurs, Kraft comes to believe that with a heart transplant, he will be able to extend his own career. With diabolical logic, knowing that he stands the best chance for survival with a heart from a normal donor, he conceives a plan which will at once ensure his longevity and win him an immortal place in medical history.
"Heartsblood" is an authentic portrayal of life in a vast university hospital, where the tension of diagnosing and treating disease is constantly present, where physicians try to balance clinical duties and laboratory research, and where doctors expend the passionate energy that their women want for themselves. It is the story of the dedication of a great cardiologist, and what this dedication ultimately costs him.« less