A book about Dr Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world’s first heart transplant, is being released next week to mark 50 years since this groundbreaking procedure.
Written be James-Brent Styan, the book covers the life of Barnard way before the transplant as well as other transplants he performed that never received the same publicity as the heart transplant.
The book is titled Heartbreaker: Christiaan Barnard And The First Heart Transplant
I was curious and wanted to learn more about Christiaan Barnard...— James-Brent Styan, Author
I realised I didn't know much about the guy so I started reading about him and I was absolutely gobsmacked by the guys life and what he did, what he achieved long before the heart transplant which was the cherry on top...— James-Brent Styan, Author
Styan says his research on Barnard included some investigation on Hamilton Naki a laboratory assistant to Barnard during the transplant.
There was a lot controversy around Naki with a lot of people saying that he was actively involved in the transplant but did not get the recognition because he was black.
The fact of the matter is that every captain needs a team and Hamilton was part of the support team.— James-Brent Styan, Author
He was involved in the research but he wasn't a medical surgeon, he didn't have a medical qualification and there is just no way that he could be in the operating theatre.— James-Brent Styan, Author
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Book on Christiaan Barnard looks at work before world first heart transplant