A biography of Ian Aird, who pioneered heart surgery and organ transplants in his hospital, Hammersmith Postgraduate Medical School. Aird, the youngest-ever Professor of Surgery at the school, was also a brilliant and inspired teacher whose Companion in Surgical Studies became a ‘bible’ for thousands of medical students. But for all his talent, Aird had virtually no backing from the state to create his heart surgery and transplant units at Hammersmith. Only his dedication and that of his team made up for time lost during the war. A brilliant surgeon who could operate anywhere in the body, Aird came to public prominence by separating the Nigerian Siamese twins, Boko and Tomu, in a marathon operation. But sadly, at 57 Ian Aird took his own life in despair at the lack of support and official recognition given to his life’s work.


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