Heart

A History
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Author(s): Sandeep Jauhar
Genre: Science, History
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: DD40448
Released: Sep 18, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781974904648
Narrator/s: Patrick Lawlor
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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's first open heart surgery in Gilded Age Chicago. We meet C. Walton Lillehei, who connected a patient's circulatory system to a healthy donor's, paving the way for the heart-lung machine. And we encounter Wilson Greatbatch, who saved millions by inventing the pacemaker?by accident. Jauhar deftly braids these tales of discovery, hubris, and sorrow with moving accounts of his family's history of heart ailments and the patients he'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.

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Heart
Product Number: BX00103282
Product Number:DD40448
Product Number:Z100109281

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eAudio
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Author(s): Sandeep Jauhar
Narrator(s): Patrick Lawlor
Genre: Science, History
Product Number Z100109281
Released: Sep 18, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781974904662
eBook
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Author(s): Sandeep Jauhar
Product Number EB00718877
Released: Sep 18, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374717001

Professional reviews

"Patrick Lawlor gives a crisp and exuberant narration of Jauhar's concise overview of the human heart. The result is a fascinating examination of our historical, emotional, and clinical relationship with this most vital organ. The simple title describes the audiobook perfectly; listeners are provided a detailed history of how we once thought of the heart as the center of all thought, background on the landmark research that impacted our collective culture--including how research influenced the ban of cigarette commercials from television-- and a description of the first use of the external defibrillator. Lawlor keeps his tone brisk and clear throughout, creating accessible listening for this detailed and engaging audiobook. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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