The Barnard name shot to stardom in 1967 when Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first successful heart transplant in Cape Town's Groote Schuur Hospital. Unknown to many later, his younger brother, Marius, a UCT-trained doctor, was also on the surgical team that night, but chose to keep a low profile.
Marius Barnard is known instead for his reluctance to discuss his personal and professional relationships. But Defining Moments - his autobiography he co-authored with Simon Narval and launched on 2 June - breaks his 40-year-long silence, and promises to be a "warts and all" account of his life as a surgeon, husband, MP, anti-apartheid activist, pioneer and brother.
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