Jesse E. Edwards: His Legacy to Cardiovascular Medicine


The medical career of Dr. Jesse E. Edwards spanned more than seven decades. He saw and participated in the transition from the time when heart disease was poorly understood and essentially untreatable to the era of cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery, transplantation, and the development of minimally invasive treatments. Dr. Edwards trained several generations of cardiovascular professionals who have gone on to develop their own successful careers. In his life, Dr. Edwards published more than 700 peer review manuscripts spanning the disciplines of congenital and acquired heart disease and lung disease. This collection represents some of Dr. Edwards’ seminal contributions to the medical literature, papers that transformed medicine and how we understand cardiovascular disease. The accompanying 25 commentaries written by modern-day leaders in the field of cardiovascular disease help put Dr. Edwards’ contributions in perspective and provide insight into their enduring qualities.

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