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.
"With an interested and inquisitive tone, narrator Robert Fass walks listeners through evolutionary biologist Rob Dunn's history of the science of the human heart.... Fass has a pleasant voice and varies his delivery in ways that make the extensive information clear and engaging." (AudioFile)
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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.
- truth hurts always
- Bergen Shopper