Heart: A History: Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2019
A doctor's inspiring obsession with the heart, seamlessly combining history, gripping scenes from the operating theatre and a moving personal story
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The spark of life, fount of emotion, house of the soul - the heart lies at the centre of every facet of our existence. It's so bound up in our deepest feelings that it can even suffer such distress from emotional trauma as to physically 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. We see Daniel Hale Williams perform the first open heart surgery and Wilson Greatbatch invent the pacemaker - by accident. Amid gripping scenes from the operating theatre, Jauhar tells the moving tale of his family's own history of heart problems and, looking to the future, he outlines why the way we choose to live will be more important than any device we invent.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||`An extraordinary, brave and even shocking document...[from] a compelling writer.' -- Florence Williams, <i>New York Times</i>, on <i>Doctored</i> `The narrative is gripping, and the writing is marvellous.' -- Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i>, on <i>Doctored</i>
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Sandeep Jauhar is director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is the New York Times bestselling author of two medical memoirs and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He lives on Long Island with his wife and their son and daughter.