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Heart a history

by Jauhar, Sandeep, 1968-

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The bestselling author of Intern and Doctored tells the story of the thing that makes us tick For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As the cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in Heart: A History, it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have changed the way we live. Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. He introduces us to Daniel Hale Williams, the African American doctor who performed the world{u2019}s first open heart surgery in Gilded Age Chicago. We meet C. Walton Lillehei, who connected a patient{u2019}s circulatory system to a healthy donor{u2019}s, paving the way for the heart-lung machine. And we encounter Wilson Greatbatch, who saved millions by inventing the pacemaker{u2015}by accident. Jauhar deftly braids these tales of discovery, hubris, and sorrow with moving accounts of his family{u2019}s history of heart ailments and the patients he{u2019}s treated over many years. He also confronts the limits of medical technology, arguing that future progress will depend more on how we choose to live than on the devices we invent. Affecting, engaging, and beautifully written, Heart: A History takes the full measure of the only organ that can move itself.
A small heart
Prime mover
Stress fractures
Replacement parts
Vulnerable heart
A mother's heart
Compensatory pause.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In his two previous works, Intern (2008) and Doctored (2014), Long Island heart specialist Jauhar drew on his own medical training to expose some of the darker aspects of contemporary American medicine. Shifting gears here with a more targeted insider's perception of the workings of the human heart, Jauhar nevertheless keeps the personal story line going by recounting his sometimes-unnerving experiences as a cardiologist while also providing fascinating profiles of the many groundbreaking scientists who unraveled the heart's mysteries over the centuries. A string of colorfully graphic anecdotes involving skewered and bleeding patients demonstrates how much daring physicians learned about the heart by confronting trauma with ingenuity, from German surgeon Ludwig Rehn, who verified the feasibility of cardiac repair in 1897, to William Greatbatch, an inventor who created the perfect lithium battery to power pacemakers and save millions of lives. Jauhar pairs medical history with revelations of his own family's tragic encounters with heart disease, delivering a deftly written and heartfelt (literally) contemplation of our most precious and often-misunderstood internal organ.--Carl Hays Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cardiologist Jauhar (Intern) moves beautifully between "dual tracks" of "learning about the heart... but also what was in my heart," with passages of memoir counterbalancing a lay-reader-friendly history of the development of cardiac medical technology. Covering enough physiology to make scientific details easily understood, Jahaur emphasizes how brave, desperate, and sometimes foolhardy experiments led to important developments, such as the heart-lung machine, which allows doctors to perform heart surgeries that take longer than a few minutes without causing brain damage. Alongside these medical success stories, Jauhar shares personal encounters with heart disease, through the deaths of family members and through his own diagnosis with coronary blockages. Jauhar achieves a balanced tone throughout, sharing profound admiration for what can be accomplished by treating the heart as a machine, while also urging the reader, and the medical community, not to undervalue of the significance of the "emotional heart." To this end, he points to the fraught emotional dynamics of providing devices like defibrillators that can prolong life but also provoke traumatic stress and constant fear in the patients who use them. Throughout, Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder. 22 b&w illus. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Heart
Heart Diseases
Biography & Autobiography
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Farrar, Straus and Giroux2018
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780374717001
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