Heart Sounds: 12 Catholic Doctors

by Janice Steinhagen and John Howland, M.D.

During the surgery, the patient started decompensating. The anesthesiologist told us, "She's not going to make it. She needs more blood." In Ghana there is no blood bank. "Well," I said, "I'm O negative too." So we did a transfusion directly from me to her on the spot...

In this inspiring collection we hear 12 Catholic physicians tell their personal life stories with wit and with passion. We get an intimate glimpse beneath the white coat into the heart of each physician. How have these physicians come to a profound faith? How have they kept their faith amidst the pressures and temptations of a secular society? How have these doctors tried to follow Jesus Christ not only in their work, but also in their personal and family lives?

Dave really impressed me. It's kind of ironic that even though I was born Catholic, raised Catholic, went to Catholic high school, Catholic college and Catholic medical school, it wasn't until I got into the Air Force and met this truly devout Catholic doctor that I began to really understand what being a Catholic doctor meant...

These stories will be of interest to physicians, to other health care professionals, and to all who are curious about what is unique about Catholic healthcare. You will be fascinated, amused, and inspired as you read these stories of faith.

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"Heart Sounds is a powerful reminder," says noted author and Catholic commentator, George Weigel, "that the Catholic physician's art is a vocation, not simply a career."

Bishop Robert McManus comments, "These 12 Catholic doctors are sterling examples of dedicated disciples of Christ."

"Heart Sounds is truly an inspiration to me," exclaimed Leonard P. Rybak, M.D., Ph.D. and President of the Catholic Medical Association.

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