readers are treated to a detailed look into a life of adventure and achievement
Oxford, England (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
In “Follow Your Star: From Mining to Heart Transplants - A Surgeon's Story” (published by AuthorHouse), the new autobiography from Terence English, readers are treated to a detailed look into a life of adventure and achievement.
The central part of this story is a fascinating account of the trials and tribulations associated with the author’s determination to establish a heart transplant program in Britain. He eventually performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in 1979. At the time there were only four other centers in the world performing heart transplants. However, within a decade over 4,000 patients a year were being transplanted worldwide, and Papworth had become one of the best known hospitals for heart and lung transplantation.
English’s involvement in this work led to professional recognition and the presidency of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Amongst other responsibilities, he became engaged in trying to modify some of the more controversial reforms of the National Health Service being introduced at that time by the Thatcher government. Other honors followed, including a knighthood and seven years as Master of St Catharine’s College in Cambridge, which added a new dimension of interest to his life.
The story also covers English’s early years in South Africa, including his work as a diamond-driller in Rhodesia and his qualification as a mining engineer before deciding to become a doctor. Prior to starting at Guy’s Hospital in London, he engaged in mining exploration in Northern Quebec and the Yukon. During the next three years, he returned to Canada each summer for similar work. His training in cardiac surgery coincided with exciting developments in this new specialty, during which his background in engineering proved helpful.
A theme present throughout English’s autobiography is that of “Follow Your Star”. For him this meant being prepared to change direction if a brighter star seemed to appear on the horizon. This led to several false starts along the way, but most provided valuable and enriching experiences, even if they did not contribute to his eventual career.
“Follow Your Star”
By Terence English
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 252 pages | ISBN 9781456771300
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 252 pages | ISBN 9781456771317
E-Book | 252 pages | ISBN 9781467892087
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Terence English lives and writes in Oxford, England.
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