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Let me start by saying i did not expect to enjoy this book. I am not a fan of Dick Cheney's politics and added this book to a list of books on cardiac subjects i planned to listen to in passing...
Therefore i was surprised to really enjoy it :) Jonathan Reiner talks interestingly about how he developed his career as an MD; and mixed in with this is Dick Cheney showing the human day to day experience of developing heart issues starting at the shockingly young age of 37 while running an electoral campaign! This goes on over many years showing the changes in the treatment of Heart disease and the impact on Dicks rise to Vice President.
Additionally, why on earth did people vote repeatedly for the guy they knew had cardiac events (MI) five times???
If you like medicine and politics this is a read for you.
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I really enjoyed this book. Cheney and Rainer alternate, detailing the Vice Presidents battle with heart disease over decades. Cheney's own story is interwoven with a detailed account and explanation of advances in Cardiology and Cardiovascular surgery during that time. Rainer tells the story of his famous patient with compassion and empathy. I have recommended this book to several of my staff and patients. Andreas Muench, MD
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