'Jauhar weaves his own personal and family story into his history of the heart...very effectively... This gives a certain dramatic tension to the book, as it tells the fascinating and rather wonderful history of cardiology.'
-Henry Marsh, New Statesman
A Mail on Sunday Book of the Year
The heart lies at the centre of life. For cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar it is an obsession.
In this fascinating history he interweaves gripping scenes from the operating theatre with the moving tale of his family's history of heart problems - from the death of his grandfather to the ominous signs of how he himself might die.
Jauhar looks at the pioneers who risked patients' lives and their own careers, and confronts the limits of medical technology, arguing that how we live is more important than any device or drug we may invent. Heart
is the all-encompassing story of the engine of life. 'A book of unusual depth and richness about a subject that concerns us all...Heart
: A history is elegantly conceived and still more elegantly executed...Sandeep Jauhar writes with a vital, pulsating energy.' * TLS * 'Jauhar weaves his own personal and family story into his history of the heart...very effectively... This gives a certain dramatic tension to the book, as it tells the fascinating and rather wonderful history of cardiology.' * Henry Marsh, New Statesman * '[An] absorbing book about the vital organ that keeps us alive.' * Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year 2018 * 'This is a vital book. A charming, honest and unflinching exploration of a most fascinating organ: the heart. Cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar beautifully weaves medical research with philosophy, science with personal stories - of patients and doctors, including his very own. The depth of his knowledge is remarkable but the breadth of his compassion even more so.' -- Elif Shafak, Chair, 2019 Wellcome Book Prize 'A moving narrative echoing to the beat of "this organ, prime mover and citadel".' * Nature * 'Gripping... Jauhar hooks the reader of Heart
from the first few pages... Most chapters launch with a riveting scene... Fun facts are sprinkled throughout... Heart
is chock-full of absorbing tales that infuse fresh air into a topic that is often relegated to textbooks or metaphors about pumps, plumbing, or love.' * New York Times Book Review * 'Dr. Jauhar expertly weaves little-known tales from medical history into his own personal and professional experiences to create a richly detailed book about the human heart. Thoroughly engrossing and full of historic