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I have written two books on heart surgery, The Practice of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (1978) and Atlas of Cardiac Surgery (1983). A third one, Heart in Hand (1999), delves into the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, the films of Woody Allen, science, religion, music, and my life as a heart surgeon. I collect post-World War II American fiction and poetry, nautical fiction (mainly Patrick O’Brian), mystery novels (Ian Fleming and Ross Thomas), and books on the great conductors. I also collect 78 and 33 rpm (analogue)classical and opera recordings, especially those conducted by the great ones like Wilhelm Furtwängler and Willem Mengleberg; and jazz recordings, including all the ones Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans made.
(56 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 12, 2015 Measles vs. MMR Vaccine: Risks and Benefits
Before vaccines, almost everyone used to get measles between ages 5 and 9, when the body is best equipped to handle it safely. One case of measles gives lifelong immunity. Now, with the temporary immunity from vaccines, there are dangerous cases of measles in infants and in adults. There are more deaths from measles after the vaccine than before.