Books: Cliches Come True

ONE LIFE by Dr. Christiaan Barnard and Curtis Bill Pepper. 402 pages. Mac-m///an. $7.95.

It is hard to write the life story of a hero. It is even harder if you yourself are the hero. South Africa's renowned heart surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard did not entirely surmount this dilemma. In fact, it seems at times as if he or his collaborator, a onetime Newsweek correspondent in Rome, found it hard to choke self-admiration down into a deprecatory gruffness. The poor boy who made good, the youth who kept his head when all men doubted...

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