The heart is at the centre of every life. It is the first major organ to develop and, three billion beats later, it is the last to stop working.
The object of fascination for countless scientists and artists across the centuries, the heart is as much a metaphorical as a physiological matter – it can even suffer such distress due to emotional trauma that it physically changes shape.
Tracing the evolution of humanity's medical knowledge from Ancient Greece to modern times, delving into religion and spirituality, exploring art and poetry, Dr Sandeep Jauhar tells the story of the heart as it has never been told before. Enriched by his own experiences as a doctor, it is a tale at once personal and universal, encompassing science's wonders and failures, and addressing the immense challenges faced by health professionals today as the tide of heart failures continues to rise throughout the developed world.
Heart is a major and moving contribution to the history and science of the organ inside each of us that both initiates and claims our lives.