Heart: A History (Paperback)Sandeep Jauhar (author)
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Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2019
The heart lies at the centre of every facet of our existence. It's so bound up with our deepest feelings that emotional trauma causes it to change shape.
Practising cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar beautifully weaves his own experiences with the defining discoveries of the past to tell the story of our most vital organ. He looks at some of the pioneers who risked their careers and their patients' lives to better understand the heart. People like Daniel Hale Williams, who performed the world's first documented heart surgery, and Wilson Greatbatch, who accidentally invented the pacemaker.
Amid gripping scenes from the operating theatre, Jauhar interweaves stories about the patients he's treated with the moving tale of his family's own history of heart problems, from his grandfather's sudden death in India - an event that sparked his life-long obsession - to the ominous signs of how he himself might die.
He also confronts the limits of medical technology and argues that future progress will be determined more by how we choose to live rather than by any device we invent.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'Jauhar weaves his own personal and family story into his history of the heart...very effectively... This gives a certain dramatic tension to the book, as it tells the fascinating and rather wonderful history of cardiology.' - Henry Marsh, New Statesman
`[An] absorbing book about the vital organ that keeps us alive.' - The Mail on Sunday
'Part-memoir, part-history of his medical specialty, Heart links the physical organ with the emotional one.' - Spectator
'A moving narrative echoing to the beat of "this organ, prime mover and citadel".' - Nature
'Gripping... Jauhar hooks the reader of Heart from the first few pages... Most chapters launch with a riveting scene... Fun facts are sprinkled throughout... Heart is chock-full of absorbing tales that infuse fresh air into a topic that is often relegated to textbooks or metaphors about pumps, plumbing, or love.' - The New York Times Book Review
'Jauhar...is our trusty guide through a compelling story about what makes each and every one of us tick... Both primer and ode, Heart is a fascinating education for those of us who harbour this most hallowed organ but know little about it.' - The Washington Post *
'The cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar has become a Dante of modern medicine... Heart: A History is something of a "Paradiso," pointing to the field's brightest and noblest stars while recognizing just how much darkness is still left in the firmament... Poignant and chattily erudite.' - The Wall Street Journal *