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Alex G. Little, M.D. Releases Insightful Medical Memoir Cracking Chests

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  • (1888PressRelease) November 21, 2022 - TUCSON, Arizona - Veteran thoracic surgeon Alex G. Little announced today the release of his book Cracking Chests: How Thoracic Surgery Got from Rocks to Sticks published by SDP Publishing.

    Cracking Chests is an insightful narration of the origins and development of chest surgery with humorous self-reflection and thoughtful detail. It introduces the reader to the field’s pioneers and offers a rare glimpse into the challenges posed by their times, cultures and the rudimentary state of medical science of the day.

    In the book, Dr. Little relates his experiences in medical school, residency training and career as an academic thoracic surgeon, providing inside stories from his interactions with many of the highlighted surgeons, their successors and his own patients. He takes the reader through the real-life drama and intrigue of the world of thoracic surgery, not dissimilar to what’s portrayed in popular medical movies and TV series.

    Written for the curious general reader, Cracking Chests provides a passionate, factual and less formal account of the history of chest surgery. All technical terms are explained for the uninitiated, frequently with fascinating stories and illustrations.

    Dr. Little explained, “I wrote Cracking Chests to share the little-known academic side of thoracic surgery with a general audience. Over the years, much work has gone in for us to reach where we are today in terms of safety, effectiveness and sophistication of operations for lung and esophageal cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other commonly encountered benign disorders. It is the result of countless challenges, trials and errors encountered and overcome by exemplary surgeons and many others. I hope this book will help the reader appreciate all their effort with a better understanding of the often unseen side of medical science evolution.”

    Cracking Chests: How Thoracic Surgery Got from Rocks to Sticks is now available in hardcover and ebook formats and can be purchased online through SDP Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers.

    About the Author: Dr. Alex Little has spent his career as an academic general thoracic surgeon. He graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School and trained in surgery both at Hopkins and the University of Chicago. Subsequently, he was a faculty member in Chicago before acting as chair of the Departments of Surgery for the Universities of Nevada and Wright State (Ohio). Dr. Little also served as President of the American College of Chest Physicians.

    His career overlaps with a time of rapid growth for general thoracic surgery—surgery for the lungs, esophagus and other chest organs. He has worked with and knew many of the surgeons instrumental in the development of the specialty. As a lifetime teacher of students and residents and practitioner of thoracic surgery, he has the perspective and experience to tell the story of the origins and development of this specialty.

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