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The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart

 
 
Author
Stephen Amidon & Thomas Amidon.
Publisher Rodale  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.15 x 5.25 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781609613792
Pages/Publication Date 242/2011
Daedalus Item Code 61416
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"As the body's main power source and traditionally presumed seat of emotions, the human heart has inspired more natural philosophy and literature than any other organ. The brothers and coauthors Amidon, one a novelist, the other a cardiologist, call their unusual collaboration a biography because it presents a multifaceted picture of the heart's influences on mythology, science, and popular culture through the ages. In six lyrically written chapters, they trace humanity's perennial fascination with the heart through the eyes of history's greatest artists and medical explorers, beginning with the Greeks and fancifully ending with a peek into the future of cardiological innovation. Particularly attention-grabbing are the stories of groundbreaking researchers, such as Sir William Harvey, who discovered the circulatory system, and German internist Werner Forssmann, who proved the value of catheterization by inserting a tube in his own heart."Booklist
 
 
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