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Heart a history

by Jauhar, Sandeep, 1968-

Format: Kindle Book 2018 2018
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Summary
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.
Contents
A small heart
Prime mover
Clutch
Dynamo
Pump
Nut
Stress fractures
Pipes
Wires
Generator
Replacement parts
Vulnerable heart
A mother's heart
Compensatory pause.

Additional Information
Subjects Heart
Heart Diseases
Cardiologists
Cardiology
Biography & Autobiography
Nonfiction
Medical
History
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Farrar, Straus and Giroux2018
2018
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780374717001
9780374717001
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