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The man who touched his own heart : true tales of science, surgery, and mystery

Author: Rob R Dunn
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rob R Dunn
ISBN: 9780316225793 0316225797
OCLC Number: 881140706
Description: viii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The human heart --
The bar fight that precipitated the dawn of heart surgery --
The Prince of the Heart --
When art reinvented science --
Blood's orbit --
Seeing the thing that eats the heart --
The rhythm method --
Frankenstein's monsters --
Atomic cows --
Lighter than a feather --
Mending the broken heart --
War and fungus --
The perfect diet --
The beetle and the cigarette --
The book of broken hearts --
The evolution of broken hearts --
Sugarcoating heart disease --
Escaping the laws of nature --
Postscript : the future science of the heart.
Responsibility: Robert Dunn.

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The secret history of our most vital organ--the human heart  Read more...
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"A pleasure to read. He is not a biologist moonlighting as a writer; he is both. Dunn also does a wonderful job interspersing history, research, and speculation with real-life human beings. He has a Read more...

 
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