The Resource Heart : a history, Sandeep Jauhar

Heart : a history, Sandeep Jauhar

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Heart : a history
Title
Heart
Title remainder
a history
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Sandeep Jauhar
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Language
eng
Summary
"For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was the spark of life as well as somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As the cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in [this book], it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and developed the science to change the way we live. Deftly weaving together his own experiences with the defining discoveries of the past, Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal this most vital organ."--Dust jacket
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  • /* Starred Review */ A cardiologist deftly intersperses his own medical journey, as it relates to his family and career, with a history of human understanding of the heart and advances in the field of cardiology. Beginning chapters, which focus on history, are intriguing, but the investigation really picks up as Jauhar delves into the monumental discoveries of the late 19th and 20th centuries. With accessible language, the author writes about Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African American surgeon, who performed the first open heart surgery in 1893. Jauhar describes in fascinating detail the invention of the heart lung machine, the development of the cardiac catheterization procedure, the advent of coronary angioplasties, the invention of the pacemaker, the first successful donor heart transplant, and the first mechanical heart, and reminds us of the significant impact that our emotional lives have on the health of our hearts. In fact, Jauhar argues that increasing progress in the field of cardiology will require a shift to a new paradigm—away from high-tech intervention and toward a comprehension of psychosocial factors. To treat our hearts, we also have to address issues such as poverty and stress. VERDICT An engaging mix of science and human interest, this is eminently readable nonfiction sure to appeal to science-oriented high school students.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn --Ragan O'Malley (Reviewed 11/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 11, p83)
  • /* Starred Review */ Cardiologist Jauhar (Intern) moves beautifully between “dual tracks” of “learning about the heart... but also what was in my heart,” with passages of memoir counterbalancing a lay-reader-friendly history of the development of cardiac medical technology. Covering enough physiology to make scientific details easily understood, Jahaur emphasizes how brave, desperate, and sometimes foolhardy experiments led to important developments, such as the heart-lung machine, which allows doctors to perform heart surgeries that take longer than a few minutes without causing brain damage. Alongside these medical success stories, Jauhar shares personal encounters with heart disease, through the deaths of family members and through his own diagnosis with coronary blockages. Jauhar achieves a balanced tone throughout, sharing profound admiration for what can be accomplished by treating the heart as a machine, while also urging the reader, and the medical community, not to undervalue of the significance of the “emotional heart.” To this end, he points to the fraught emotional dynamics of providing devices like defibrillators that can prolong life but also provoke traumatic stress and constant fear in the patients who use them. Throughout, Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder. 22 b&w illus. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 06/04/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 23, p)
  • A cardiologist writes on his favorite organ. No one takes their heart for granted, especially not Jauhar (Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, 2014, etc.), director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Hospital who found unwelcome inspiration in learning that, at age 45, his coronary arteries were partly blocked. Already a bestselling author, he delivers a page-turning mixture of personal experience, family lore, health advice, and history with a heavy emphasis on medical dramatics. Throughout history, philosophers and other deep thinkers have given the heart primary place in human spiritual as well as physical life. For centuries, almost all of them were wrong about nearly everything, but scientific investigation revealed the truth without diminishing its role. The body's vital organs depend on a beating heart, but the heart operates independently. As the author notes, "the heart doesn't just pump blood to other organs, it pumps blood to itself. We must struggle to use our minds to change our way of thinking. But the heart is different. In a sense and unlike any other organ, the heart is self-sustaining." Jauhar's family history and medical education make regular appearances along with health advice—he suggests that stress damages coronary arteries as much as a bad diet—but mostly he recounts cardiology fireworks since the 19th century when surgeons first dared cut into a living heart (formerly, even more than the brain, a forbidden organ). Readers' jaws will drop and drop again at stories of daring researchers experimenting on themselves and pioneering surgeons leaving a trail of dead patients, many of them children, as they perfected machines, devices, and techniques that often work miracles, fixing fatally malformed hearts, correcting defects, and, when they succeed, extending lives. Another in the everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about genre, but a superior example. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2018)
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Cataloging source
NLM
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1968-
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Jauhar, Sandeep
Dewey number
612.1/7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Heart
  • Heart
  • Cardiology
  • MEDICAL / Cardiology
  • HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / Heart
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a history
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Heart : a history, Sandeep Jauhar
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-252) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Metaphor. A small heart ; Prime mover -- Part II: Machine. Clutch ; Dynamo ; Pump ; Nut ; Stress fractures ; Pipes ; Wires ; Generator ; Replacement parts -- Part III: Mystery. Vulnerable heart ; A mother's heart ; Compensatory pause
Control code
on1012792033
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9780374168650
Lccn
2017055262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1012792033
Label
Heart : a history, Sandeep Jauhar
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-252) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Metaphor. A small heart ; Prime mover -- Part II: Machine. Clutch ; Dynamo ; Pump ; Nut ; Stress fractures ; Pipes ; Wires ; Generator ; Replacement parts -- Part III: Mystery. Vulnerable heart ; A mother's heart ; Compensatory pause
Control code
on1012792033
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
269 pages
Isbn
9780374168650
Lccn
2017055262
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1012792033

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