The Man Who Touched His Own Heart

The Man Who Touched His Own Heart

True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery

Book - 2015
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"The man who touched his own heart tells the raucous, gory, mesmerizing story of the heart, from the first "explorers" who dug up cadavers and plumbed their hearts' chambers, through the first heart surgeries -- which had to be completed in three minutes before death arrived -- to heart transplants and the latest medical efforts to prolong our hearts' lives, almost defying nature in the process. Thought of as the seat of our soul, then as a mysteriously animated object, the heart is still more a mystery than it is understood. Why do most animals only get one billion beats? (And how did modern humans get to over two billion-effectively letting us live out two lives?) Why are sufferers of gingivitis more likely to have heart attacks? Why do we often undergo expensive procedures when cheaper ones are just as effective? What do Da Vinci, Mary Shelley, and contemporary Egyptian archaeologists have in common? And what does it really feel like to touch your own heart, or to have someone else's beating inside your chest? Rob Dunn's fascinating history of our hearts brings us deep inside the science, history, and stories of the four chambers we depend on most"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316225793
Branch Call Number: 612.17 DUN
Characteristics: viii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Claire_Coultis
Aug 12, 2016

An excellent history of heart surgery. This book is well written and fascinating, straightforward and put in plain English. It did not carry on too long on one topic and kept each chapter fresh and new. I'm not particularly interested in heart surgery, but I found it very enjoyable nonetheless. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone, and I would read it again.

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Vivica
Aug 21, 2015

Amazingly interesting...for regular folks like me...each chapter is a "Stand - Alone" - so you can pick it up - read a chapter - skip a chapter - go back a couple of chapters - the author doesn't talk down to you and I swear... you won't be able to put this book down!!

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