The Sublime Engine

The Sublime Engine

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The heart has always captured the human imagination. It is the repository of our deepest religious and artistic impulses, the organ whose steady functioning is understood, both literally and symbolically, as the very life force itself. The Sublime Engine explores the profound sense of awe every person feels when they ponder the miracle encased within the ribs. In this lyrical history, a critically acclaimed novelist and a leading cardiologist--who happen to be brothers--draw upon history, science, religion, popular culture, and literature to illuminate all of the heart's physical and figurative chambers. Divided into six sections, The Sublime Engine traces the heart's sway over the human imagination from the time of the Egyptians and ancient Greece, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, up to the modern era and beyond. More than just a work of scientific or cultural history, it is a biography of the single most important symbol of our humanity. Erudite, witty, and unexpected, The Sublime Engine makes the heart leap off the page.A valve in the heart requires considerably more time in the shop. ... Valve repair has come a long way since Elliott Cutler poked his razor-tipped finger into the heart. ... Future generations of surgeons will benefit from having grown up with Nintendoa#39;s Wii, Microsofta#39;s Xbox, and Sonya#39;s PlayStation, just as surely as LaAlnnecanbsp;...

Title:The Sublime Engine
Author: Stephen Amidon, Thomas Amidon
Publisher:Rodale - 2012-01-17

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