The Sublime Engine
A Biography of the Human HeartBook - 2011
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The heart is brought to life in a uniquely elevated way by author brothers Stephen Amidon and Thomas Amidon MD in this scientific biography of the lifeline of all sentient beings. Beginning with ancient times he depicts a heart attack that fells a character in one of many stories in the book as "lightning in the chest". The reader will travel to and through Ancient Greece, Umbria Italy, London England, Esperalde Germany, and learn how the heart symbol came into existence along with the mystery of the heart of a nun, that continued to beat after her death. The authors then present how heart catheterization came to be and treatments such as balloon angioplasty, and transplantation. They also discuss the newest trends which include gene analysis and the customization of treatments for heart disease that take into consideration the impact of family history. The book closes with stories of two heart patients and their fates which underscore the importance of diet, exercise and managing stress. Similar in tone to Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies, a Biography of Cancer, this book reads as both a scientific study, and a lyrical history. The reader will leave this journey with a renewed respect for their heart and the hearts of all.
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