Heart: A History

Farrar. Sept. 2018. 288p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780374168650. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374717001. MED
Jauhar (Doctored; Intern) takes an enlightened, multifaceted look at the human heart throughout history, exploring its depiction in literature, art, folklore, religion, philosophy, and science. He further outlines modern medicine for the heart, bold experiments performed by brash scientists, accidental discoveries, brilliant successes, fatal failures, and lifesaving technological breakthroughs. Many personal and compelling stories are skillfully incorporated into this work, such as the impact of heart disease on Jauhar's own family and tales of complex interactions with patients. The author relates his experiences as a medical student, resident, and cardiologist, and describes the science behind the indivisible mind-heart bond and its impact on the latter with facts from studies and true accounts.
VERDICT This captivating investigation deftly communicates the beauty, mystery, and scientific wonder of the human heart. Recommended for educated lay readers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18.]
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