5Getting Started

Glenn D. Steele Sr., the coauthor’s father, began to experience debilitating angina when Dr. Steele Jr. was in medical school. In the 1960s, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) had just begun, and there were only a few medical centers that had reasonable volume. Dr. Steele Sr. and his family chose to go to the center with the most experience and best outcomes.

Convincing the 55-year-old physician that he needed to give up a two-pack-a-day cigarette habit became almost impossible after he met the world-famous cardiologist who performed the diagnostic coronary catheterization. The cardiologist’s pack of Lucky Strikes, rolled up in the sleeve of his undershirt, was clearly visible under the operating gown and radiation shield. ...

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