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.
©2015 Rob Dunn (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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"Great book and good narration too."
The stories about the doctors/scientists so dedicated to their field and so passionate about their work makes this book most enjoyable.
Dr. Werner Forssmann- when he put the catheter in himself. Also Dr. Helen Taussig and her bird dissections,Argentinian surgeon Dr. Favaloro and his dedication. Most memorable.
This is the only one I have listened to.
Extremely happy- I am a scientist myself who shares the same passion.
Wonderful book, a must read/listen.
fascinating review and perspective on the field of cardiology. .. I'm tempted to pick up a print copy as well. engaging production .
"Excellent, very entertaining and educational."
Yes. Go back to it to remember some of the mentioned stories and individuals.
Galen and his interview.
"Starts Strong Ends Tedious"
The first 2/3rds of the book is fun and fascinating. The last third is clearly the author's field of expertise. It is somewhat more tedious and less easily digested in an audiobook format. Fascinating stuff but difficult to digest while listening.
Overall, definitely worth listening even if just for the history of Cardiology and Cardiac surgery.
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