• Title: The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery
  • Author: Rob Dunn
  • ISBN: 9780316225793
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Man Who Touched His Own Heart True Tales of Science Surgery and Mystery The secret history of our most vital organ the human heartThe Man Who Touched His Own Heart tells the raucous gory mesmerizing story of the heart from the first explorers who dug up cadavers and pl
    The secret history of our most vital organ the human heartThe Man Who Touched His Own Heart tells the raucous, gory, mesmerizing story of the heart, from the first explorers who dug up cadavers and plumbed their hearts chambers, through the first heart surgeries which had to be completed in three minutes before death arrived to heart transplants and the latest medicalThe secret history of our most vital organ the human heartThe Man Who Touched His Own Heart tells the raucous, gory, mesmerizing story of the heart, from the first explorers who dug up cadavers and plumbed their hearts chambers, through the first heart surgeries which had to be completed in three minutes before death arrived to heart transplants and the latest medical efforts to prolong our hearts lives, almost defying nature in the process.Thought of as the seat of our soul, then as a mysteriously animated object, the heart is still a mystery than it is understood Why do most animals only get one billion beats And how did modern humans get to over two billion effectively letting us live out two lives Why are sufferers of gingivitis likely to have heart attacks Why do we often undergo expensive procedures when cheaper ones are just as effective What do Da Vinci, Mary Shelley, and contemporary Egyptian archaeologists have in common And what does it really feel like to touch your own heart, or to have someone else s beating inside your chest Rob Dunn s fascinating history of our hearts brings us deep inside the science, history, and stories of the four chambers we depend on most.

    One Reply to “The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery”

    1. More like a 3.5 star. I like the idea and concept, but a few of the arguments were a bit convoluted (ex: he discusses a 2012 meta-analysis looking at medication+angio/stent for atherosclerosis vs medication alone then jumps back about 30 years by referencing studies in the 80s/90s that contradicted the meta-analysis's findingsh? I do research and those paragraphs didn't make as much sense). I also felt like bits were missing from the story such as the development of heart valve replacements/repa [...]

    2. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5Everything you wanted to know about the science of the human heart in a series of essays about medical pioneers.This was a really interesting idea that just grew a little dull and tedious for this lay reader. I am fascinated by man's quest for knowledge and the lengths some will go to further their own education, and so a book chronicling the development of heart science/medicine was very intriguing to me. And in truth, [...]

    3. This book is mis-titled. It should be called The Evolution of the Human Heart and its Maladies or something like that. Dunn teaches in the Ecology and Evolution department at his college, and it's clear that his passion is for evolution. If the title were more accurate, I wouldn't have read this book. I didn't want to read about the heart. I wanted to read stories of people who discovered important things about the heart. I wanted to read about surgeries. I wanted to read about a man who literal [...]

    4. An interesting work chronicling the history of cardiovascular science and medicine. Dunn does a good job in the beginning drawing the reader into the story with his descriptions of Galen and Da Vinci. However, soon after the 100 page mark the book gets more and more disorganized. Dunn jumps around constantly between time periods, various scientists and physicians, and patients. There are sporadic descriptions of the inner workings of the heart and CV system, though there isn't one central sectio [...]

    5. Actually 4.5 stars. As a former cardiac nurse I found " The Man Who Touched His Own Heart" totally fascinating. It is the history of cardiology that started long before it was recognized as a specialty and begins with Da Vinci's anatomical studies. The book can probably get pretty gory at times for those a bit squeamish when it comes to medical explanations but there are also parts that are laughable at their absurdity. I especially liked the chapter on the first cardiac catheterization and angi [...]

    6. This book is a fantastic nonfiction, if you are into the whole history of heart surgery. I really enjoyed reading this book, and honestly learned a lot. I can honestly say, that I have not read anything like this book. Dunn has a way of writing nonfiction that still makes it more than just a list of facts. His sense of humor really adds to all of the detailed research that was done to put this book together. From the beginning of heart surgeries to what we are all accustomed to today, he gives a [...]

    7. The history of heart surgery from the beginning of Medicine to nowadays was a really interesting reading, clear and fascinating, even if sometimes it was a little disturbing for me, but it is my fault, I cannot really see blood, or even think about surgery and things like that.La storia della cardiochirugia dagli inizi della medicina al giorno d'oggi é stata davvero una lettura interessante, chiara e affascinante, anche se a volte mi faceva venire i brividi perché a me queste cose fanno impres [...]

    8. I really liked this book. It is engaging and flows nicely. I was amazed at how recent effective heart treatment really is, basically in my lifetime. Dunn recounts the history of heart study in a very entertaining way. His inclusion of a little history of the characters involved really adds to the story. People who enjoyed The Emperor of All Maladies or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will enjoy this one as well.See my complete review at bit/1DHagz9.I received a complimentary egalley of this [...]

    9. I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. Although there were many interesting aspects of this book, I couldn't finish it. The exhaustive amount of history was tedious. But it was the experiments on dogs, removing dog hearts and putting them back, that really got to me. Yes, we humans owe much of our medical advances to lab animals. But it's something I just can't bear to be reminded about.

    10. Truly amazingI never realized how little we knew about our heart. This book reveals how far we've come and in the past century. With the rapid advances we are making one can only hope 2.5 billion beats is enough before we figure out how to add another billion beats to our lifetime.

    11. Simply wasn't a fan. Interesting subject definitely, but the author jumps around and doesn't describe events chronologically after a certain point. Which is confusing since a good first portion of the book is organized that way. Unfortunately, after about halfway through I was just bored with the book.

    12. As someone who has worked in various areas of Cardiology for 25 years I found this book super interesting! If you are interested in the heart you will find anything and everything here, told in an easy enough way so that even if you have no knowledge of the heart and its workings you will find it easy to understand.

    13. This was somewhat interesting in that it provided a lot of background on the development of the science of heart medicine and surgery. However, despite the title, it was more a narrative of the history of the developments in this science, rather than a collection of tales. I was expecting more anecdotes and interesting stories rather than a simple factual description of the developments.

    14. This is a very interesting, addictive and well-written book about the history of the heart; or rather the history of the study of the heart and how ignorant we still are in this topic. This is the cover and jacket of the book I read:This is the table of contents. The book starts with a catchy story about a man who was involved in a fight and was stabbed in the heart. This happened long time ago when surgery was not developed yet, and it describes with great accuracy what the doctors did for this [...]

    15. Feel your heart beating. You are alive. You need to know more about that heart. Read this book. Rob Dunn Rob writes in short sentences. He uses historical and current people to illustrate important findings and strategies about the human heart: cholesterol LDL, HDL, triglycerides, bipasses, stents, statins. He even delves into other primate hearts, even snake heats. He is comprehensive and informative. The story of medicine, treatment and fads for the heart is well told. READ THIS BOOK if you ca [...]

    16. I really enjoyed the way the author was able to make such a complicated topic (the heart/heart surgery) so easy to understand. It was quite interesting to learn that heart surgery started due to a bar fight and heart transplants were first experimented on cats and dogs with some degree of success. The book is worded in a way in which each chapter smoothly transitions to the next, making it somewhat addicting and prompting the reader to go on.

    17. Very interesting collection of stories that illuminate previous thoughts about the heart, as well as the progression of what is understood of it today.

    18. “The Man Who Touched His Own Heart” is the kind of book so good you’ll be re-telling some of these stories to your friends and family the whole time you’re reading. It’s a good thing I’m not so squeamish anymore – and a wonder I was a biology major – but after a few chapters, I found myself adjusted and just absorbed in the fascinating complexity of the circulatory system, and the adventurous history of how we came to understand what we now know about it. Like the titular charact [...]

    19. One in three adults in the modern world dies of a cardiovascular disease, and heart diseases are the most common congenital diseases in children. In The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, evolutionary biologist Rob Dunn explores all aspects of this vital organ: how it functions, how it malfunctions, and the factors affecting its functioning. The scientific information is fascinating, but the book is also unusually entertaining for a treatment of such a serious and weighty subject. Each chapter has l [...]

    20. This book describes the advances in cardiac medicine as adventure stories. There are stories of outsiders who had an unorthodox vision, and pursued it, despite opposition from the establishment. There are stories of people who used secrecy and questionable ethics to test their methods. There is drama. There is excitement. There are years of failure and blind alleys that eventually led to success. It is remarkable to think of what is possible today when not so long ago there was nothing, absolute [...]

    21. Great documented history of cardiology, with stories that have changed medicine, thus humanity's lifestyle and health. He tells these stories in an engaging way, without letting the science out of place.

    22. An accessible book introducing the peculiarities and subtleties of heart medicine. I've been getting into these pop-science-history books lately, and this is one of the best I have read. I think the difference has to do with approach. Rather than using the book to describe what scientists currently know about the heart, the author seems more interested in conveying the exciting mysteries that lie in what scientists don't know about the heart. In other words, Dunn's efforts to get the reader to u [...]

    23. I expected this book to be similar to The Disappearing Spoon or The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Keane; I was disappointed. Rob Dunn is an evolutionary biologist, and his disdain for religion - especially Christian teachings of creation - is clear. Disagreement is one thing, disrespect and gross misrepresentation on theology is something else entirely. Dunn makes unsubstantiated theological claims regarding Christian teachings with his only notes on the matter being out-of-context Bible verses. How [...]

    24. The Man Who Touched His Own Heart explores the history of the human heart and our struggle to learn its secrets. Beginning with ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire, this book moves through Galen’s discoveries in first century Turkey, the loss of knowledge during the Dark Ages, and the advances in understanding from da Vinci to the present day. The story of the heart is full of missteps leading to tiny advances, and finally, giant leaps.I really enjoyed this book, and I came away with it with so [...]

    25. I heard about this book on NPR one evening on my way home from work, just before it was released. I was so looking forward to reading it -- the first to put a hold on it at my library.The subject matter is fascinating, and there are so many threads Dunn weaves into the work that are worth pursuing. For this reason, and because it may have been a large undertaking, it deserves more than one start. There are insights and information to be gleaned from the text, but I would still advise to take it [...]

    26. [audio] An unusually good listen for non-fiction (kept me going on the treadmill :-). The fact that author Rob Dunn is an evolutionary biologist and not a cardiologist might help this "history of the science of the human heart" from falling into the arcane medical trap. While Dick Cheney / Jonathan Reiner's Heart: An American Medical Odyssey follows one man as his cardiac needs keep pace with advances in science, this title looks at a bottom up version of our hearts and the treatments that have [...]

    27. This is a fascinating look at the history of the human heart. Towards the later chapters it got a little too deeply academic for me, with lots of really in-depth discussion of cholesterols and sugars and something called sialic acid that went way over my not-particularly-scientific head. But the human element, and the stories and personalities, especially in the beginning chapters, were very interesting. I am a cardiac patient. I had open heart surgery in 2014 to correct a congenital issue. As a [...]

    28. It is clear from read this book that Rob Dunn not only loves to teach, but he's great and it and a fantastic author. Very rare indeed. Thoroughly cited throughout, the science packed into this book never bogs it down from being a great read. It's fun, educational and the material is really tangible for the average adult with an interest in science, history and out own well-being. I love that Dunn went on to explore history of evolution of hearts (and related organs and physiology) in concluding [...]

    29. Highly recommended for anyone interested in history of science, history of medicine, current or future science/medicine of the human heart, evolutionary biology, and anyone just curious about their own heart (still has me thinking about mine).I feel I learned a great deal about the human heart, yet was entertained/interested all the way through. Dunn strings together interesting and surprising stories of the history of the science/medicine of the human heart, mostly chronologically. He finishes [...]

    30. This was truly a fascinating read. Dunn did a good job of incorporating medical and scientific jargon into an understandable, captivating story, including bits of humor and insight into the subject. I liked the way each chapter focused on a particular study or aspect of the heart's history. The path that the book takes you on slowly builds, showing how these stories are interconnected. Even though I did not know much about the heart before I read this book, I didn't have a hard time understandin [...]

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