Books: Super-Jesus in Surgery

HEARTS by Thomas Thompson. 304 pages. McCall. $7.95.

Is there something special about the American way of life that tends to cause heart attacks? In a land afflicted with high-cholesterol diets and high-pressure lives, at any rate, heart attacks are a major cause of death. So it is only natural that the world's two leading temples of heart surgery should be American: Methodist Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute, both in Houston. Each of those imposing centers is largely the work of one man. Dr. Michael DeBakey (TIME cover, May 28, 1965), son of...

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