No Crying Allowed

The Journey from Farm Boy to Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon: A Collection of Essays and Memoirs

by Christopher J. Knott-Craig MD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/10/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 162
ISBN : 9781480863521
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 162
ISBN : 9781480863538

About the Book

From the Author of Lend Me a Kiss,The Weird Animal Club, and Bedtime Dinosaur Stories for Kids


From the time author Christopher J. Knott-Craig was fourteen years old, he wanted to be a heart surgeon. He had followed Professor Christiaan Barnard’s career and first heart transplant in December 1967, and he wanted to be like him and work for him. Knott-Craig started his cardiac surgery training in 1980, and about six months later, his professor suggested he try a different specialty. Undaunted, he begged for a second chance, which the professor reluctantly granted.

Through perseverance, hard work, and determination, Knott-Craig became an internationally recognized pediatric cardiac surgeon. In No Crying Allowed, with self-deprecating humor, he shares a collection of essays chronicling the trials and tribulations he experienced on his journey to following his dream to succeed.


Chris Knott-Craig has assembled an anthology of essays describing some of the challenges and triumphs he has experienced during his remarkable career as a pediatric heart surgeon.  Above all, the takeaway message is the importance of persistence in the face of what often appear to be insurmountable obstacles to a successful career in this daunting field of endeavor.

—Richard Jonas MD, President of the

American Association of Thoracic Surgeons

About the Author

Christopher J. Knott-Craig, MD, is an internationally recognized pediatric cardiac surgeon who has done thousands of surgeries on babies and children from around the world. He is the author of several other books. Visit him online at