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NNLM Reading Club: Heart Health

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Book cover of Heart: A History Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, 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 our most vital organ. He introduces us to Daniel Hale Williams, the African American doctor who performed the world’s first open-heart surgery in Gilded Age Chicago. We meet C. Walton Lillehei, who connected a patient’s circulatory system to a healthy donor’s, paving the way for the heart-lung machine. And we encounter Wilson Greatbatch, who saved millions by inventing the pacemaker—by accident. Jauhar deftly braids these tales of discovery, hubris, and sorrow with moving accounts of his family’s history of heart ailments and the patients he’s treated over many years. He also confronts the limits of medical technology, arguing that future progress will depend more on how we choose to live than on the devices we invent.audiobook vector imageebook vector image


A PBS NewsHour-New York Times Now Read This book club pick

Heart: A History | Sandeep Jauhar | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 2018 | 288 pages | ISBN: 978-0374168650


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Sandeep Jauhar, MD, PhD, is the director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is the bestselling author of Doctored, Intern, and a New York Times Contributing Opinion Writer. He lives with his wife and their son and daughter on Long Island.

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Listen icon imageMysteries of the Heart. Science Friday. November 9, 2018