Item description for A Heart to Serve: The Passion to Bring Health, Hope, and Healing by William H. Frist, M.D....
Overview The former U.S. Senate majority leader shares his experience as a heart surgeon and a senator; reveals his views of stem cell research, Medicare, and Medicaid; and discusses his passion to help African refugees.
Publishers Description Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist shares his unique experience as a heart transplant surgeon and U.S. senator inspiring people to make a difference wherever they are and whatever position they are in by helping others, risking failure, challenging the status quo, and above all, having a heart to serve. One of the brightest and most forward-thinking senators, Frist tackles controversial issues to offer feasible solutions. His simple philosophy for peace, for example, is service. "People don't usually go to war against someone who helped save their children," Frist writes. "While the world often sees America's tougher side ... when people see America's more compassionate, humanitarian side, the barriers come down, and peace becomes a viable possibility." With heartfelt love for family and country, warmhearted humor, and a doctor's comforting tones, Frist writes openly about the values and experiences that shaped his life, and challenges and inspires everyone to find a place where they, too, can make a difference.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 2009
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 1599950162 ISBN13 9781599950167
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More About William H. Frist, M.D.
Senator Bill Frist, M.D., served as a senator for 12 years and was the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate. He has practiced medicine for twenty years and is a pioneer surgeon in heart and lung transplantation. Dr. Frist now focuses his efforts on relief work around the world.
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Glad I read through all the book Apr 15, 2010
I really liked the layout of the book, how the family was introduced, Sudan, then Frist, then heart transplant history (some medical policy history), then the US Senate. What an exciting read the second half (and the first was good!).
What a genuinely wonderful human being and what incredible accomplishments.
I liked the part where he wasn't certain what party he belonged to and the one guy spelled it out -- Republicans believe in the individual to solve problems; Democrats believe in government solutions.
Health issues: two failed pushes for medical Tort reform (blocked by Democrats); garnering bi-partisan support, the statesmanlike way, for Medicare part D -- prescription drug coverage for seniors.
He and Petraeus, both PhD's out of the WWS of public policy at Princeton, was interesting.
Bill Frist: Citizen Legislator, Humanitarian Extraordinaire Jan 2, 2010
"Good people beget good people." By this axiom lived Dr. Thomas Frist, a wise country doctor from Mississippi who developed a thriving practice in Tennessee, began and built Hospital Corporation of America, and well modeled a servant's heart to his family. Indeed, not only did he live by it. He lived it, literally, as a father by begetting a great leader servant in his own right, Dr. Bill Frist, author of the highly inspiring autobiography, Heart To Serve.
Heart To Serve begins in a remote Sudanese village, where on a mission with Samaritan's Purse Dr. Bill personally renders medical care to victims of civil violence in that troubled, dangerous place. It is like many such missions he has undertaken to locales ranging from Africa to Anacosta, including several while also serving as Majority Leader of the United States Senate. Medicine. Legislation. Humanitarianism. The setting sets well the stage for a life story of genuine service on several fronts. It is the story of a true servant leader.
Bill Frist seems always to have been so. He recounts his early years growing up and preparing for service. Even at Princeton, where he was two years ahead of me as an undergraduate, he exuded an earnest and confident dedication to a higher calling. Even then he was clearly, if quietly, heading to great things.
After an exemplary stint at Harvard Medical School, and then at top-notch hospitals in Boston and then Stanford, he returned to Nashville to establish a cardio-pulmonary transplant program at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Performing 150 heart transplants by an early age, not only did he excel as a practitioner. He created enormous new societal value as a medical leader. Such would be significant lifetime achievement enough in anyone's book. But Frist went further, extending his sights to an even bigger platform on the national stage. He ran for the U.S. Senate as an underdog against incumbent Jim Sasser, won, and further ascends (after Trent Lott's unfortunate comments at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday) to be elected Majority Leader.
Frist presided over the Senate at the time when the World's Greatest Deliberative Body addressed athe last major (and controversial) national health care initiative: the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug coverage initiative of the Bush Administration. In the wake of the legislative wreckage of Obamacare just passed by the Senate Democrats, which even along totally partisan lines could only win passage after corrupt special deals for Democratic Senators Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu, it is interesting to remember how this last major health care initiative was led under Republican Bill Frist's leadership. When the Senate then was divided even more tightly along party lines at 51 to 49, Frist managed a genuine bi-partisan passage of 76 to 21.
The Terry Schiavo matter also occurred during Frist's tenure. It is refreshing to understand better how this physician senator approached the matter. Always a doctor loyal to his Hippocratic Oath, for Frist an exact diagnosis was critical. Schiavo's condition did not meet the medical definitions of "permanent vegetative state", the flawed basis on which Schiavo's death-bent husband sought for Terry to die in spite of the desperate objections of her parents and siblings. "Does government have the right to terminate life when a family objects?" Frist writes. "[Terry] was not brain-dead or on mechanical artificial life support; how could our legal system all one individual--her husband--to terminate her life when her parents and siblings objected?" How indeed? This is just the kind of doctor--and public servant--I want by my bedside when I may be too weak to defend myself against relativist bureaucratic "inevitablism"...
After his self-imposed two-term limit as a citizen legislator, Frist has now left the Senate to have more time for more humanitarian pursuits. He also left the Senate a better place, revived by the model of a true patriot, a dedicated public servant, and especially a good man. God bless Bill Frist!
Honest and open look into what people should aspire to be... Nov 24, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this open and honest look into the life of Bill Frist. The path he took to medicine, a self-determined short career in politics and his humanitarian efforts to help those in need can make any reader of this book appreciate what good-hearted people can do to make a difference in the world that we live. As a doctor myself, Dr. Frist relates to what we as physicians should aspire to be to our patients - caring and looking out for their best interests. When Dr. Frist entered politics, he openly discusses term limits and how he thought staying in Washinton too long is not for the good of the country - new, fresh faces are always needed as the country is continuously evolving. His humaniatarian efforts show the difference that people who have achieved "status" can make for those who need help when they could not afford or were not able to get it. A pleasure to read and refreshing look into the life of a family man who truly cares about those around him.
Fabulous, truly heartfelt call to service Oct 29, 2009
This is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary man. I write this as someone who has almost always voted Democratic, and as a strong supporter of President Obama. I know that Bill Frist and I would vote differently on a number of important political issues, and I suspect that some of my liberal friends will be surprised at how thoroughly I have come to admire the author as a human being. Whether you agree with him about politics or not, anyone who reads this book cannot help but be inspired.
Bill Frist was blessed with talents that few of us are born with, and with a supportive family that too few in the world enjoy. But as he describes here, at each stage of his life he has built from those blessings and taken on the hardest challenges he could find -- from training as a skilled surgeon, to building a world-class transplant program at Vanderbilt, to running as a total novice for the US Senate and winning, and then sticking to his promise to step down after two terms, even though he had so rapidly earned the admiration of his Senate colleagues that he had become Majority Leader. Here he convincingly weaves all of these together under a single unifying theme: SERVICE.
At the level of individuals and service, my favorite sentence in the book comes early on, after he describes a trip to a war zone in Sudan where he provided life-saving surgical care under primitive and frankly dangerous conditions: "That first trip to the Sudan opened doors of personal and spiritual growth for me. I've discovered that serving other people who have no means to pay you back is addictive in a strange, almost incomprehensible way." That's exactly what Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the most inspiring and influential example of a life of service in the 20th century, discovered, and tried to help others understand, telling young people: "I do not know what your destiny is, but one thing I do know: the only ones of you who will be truly happy will be those of you who have sought and found how to serve."
At the level of national purpose, I hope that his views of how America can most effectively contribute to the world become widespread:
"In recent years I have become increasingly convinced that medicine can truly be a currency for peace in our world -- a way for America to reach out in friendship and compassion, creating lasting partnerships with people on every continent...While the world often sees America's tougher side -- our military might and our economic prowess -- when people around the world see America's more compassionate, humanitarian side, the barriers come down, and peace becomes possible."
The obvious question I'm sure people are asking is: Is this guy really sincere, or is this just effective self-promotion by an obviously very ambitious man? I thnk that that's an important and fair question for anyone who is so actively engaged in the public sector. My own sense comes from the principle that you learn a lot about who people really are if you know how they behave when no one is looking. I know people who worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as medical interns and residents when Bill Frist was doing his surgical training. They remember him as an unusually-responsive surgeon who could be counted on to spend whatever time and human energy it took with patients and families to ensure not just that superb technical surgery was performed, but that they were cared for with deep compassion and respect. I hope that I am not offending my surgical colleagues by saying that not enough surgeons earn that kind of reputation among very junior medical trainees -- people the surgeon has no need whatsoever to impress.
At this site's discounted prices, this is a great buy, and should be at or near the top of your holiday gift list for young people (and older ones!) looking for inspiration.
Lachlan Forrow, MD Harvard Medical School
inspiring! Oct 27, 2009
this is a book for every young person to read! an inspiration for us all to serve others....