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[Perspectives] Magdi Yacoub: a lifelong affair with the heart

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub began his career in cardiac surgery’s pioneering days at a time when surgeons had an unspoken licence to be adventurous. Not surprisingly, he has accumulated an immense depth and breadth of experience in operations on children as well as adults. But so, of course, did others. What then was special about him? One colleague who has had ample opportunity to watch Yacoub at work is anaesthetist Gavin Wright. He first met him in the 1980s, and worked with him for three decades.