The Man Who Touched His Own Heart

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.

The Man Who Touched His Own Heart

The secret history of our most vital organ--the human heart 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.

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The Man Who Touched His Own Heart
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Rob Dunn
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-02-03 - Publisher: Little, Brown

The secret history of our most vital organ--the human heart 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
The Man Who Touched His Own Heart
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Rob Dunn
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-02-03 - Publisher: Hachette UK

The secret history of our most vital organ: the human heart. 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
Heart: A History
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Sandeep Jauhar
Categories: Health & Fitness
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-27 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

‘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 A Mail on Sunday Book of the Year The heart lies
Never Out of Season
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Rob Dunn
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-14 - Publisher: Hachette UK

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The Open Heart Club
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Gabriel Brownstein
Categories: Medical
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-22 - Publisher: Hachette UK

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