The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery

Kobo ebook | February 3, 2015

byRob Dunn

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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 secret history of our most vital organ--the human heartThe 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 hea...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316225800

ISBN - 13:9780316225809

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's all heart! Surprised to find that an entire book could be written about one organ. Yet, book presents the subject in a very interesting and entertaining way. A page turner about the heart.
Date published: 2015-03-14