Heart by Sandeep Jauhar


The bestselling author of Intern and Doctored tells the story of the thing that makes us tickFor centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As the cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in Heart: A History, it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have chang...

Details Heart

Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Medical, History, Health, Medicine

Reviews Heart

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Follow my blog, Book Nation by Jen for all reviews and recommendations. I devoured this book, thoroughly enjoyed the anecdotes and learned so much. According to author Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, “This book is about what the heart is, how it has been handled by medicine, and how we can most wisely live with – as well as by – our hearts in the future.”Dr. Jauhar, a medical doctor, found himself out of breath, went to go get checked out and learned...
  • India Clamp
    Contrary to what people think, physicians are good communicators, writers and many are astute journalists. Writing not only creates a record but a way in which to see, understand and reflect on all that we do. This includes the field of research and Sandeep Jauhar who has become quite a prominent voice in medicine regales us with “Heart: A History.” He weaves the tale expertly---as if he were creating a biography on this wonderful organ. "It...
  • Rebecca
    (3.5) There could hardly be an author better qualified to deliver this thorough history of the heart and the treatment of its problems. Sandeep Jauhar is the director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Medical Center. His family history – both grandfathers died of sudden cardiac events in India, one after being bitten by a snake – prompted an obsession with the heart, and he and his brother both became cardiologists. As the book open...
  • Helen
    I have worked my entire nursing career in a cardiac hospital so I was very interested in Sandeep Jahar’s book titled Heart: A History. Dr. Jahar is a cardiologist and a very good writer. The book gives an interesting history of how cardiac care has advanced throughout the years and it is written in layman’s terms so everyone can enjoy it. I especially liked his stories about his patients. I read his first book, Intern, many years ago so I was...
  • Hayley Stenger
    I read this book because it was the pick for the Now Read This, New York Times/PBS book club. It was more technical than was I hoping for. I learned a lot, but honestly could have used some more explanation than was offered and some more stories and detail. I appreciate the work doctors have done, I understand and could see how valuable their work was/is, but animal testing is difficult for me to read about.
  • Carin
    It's odd that I am squeamish and yet like medical books. I nearly failed high school biology (and to be honest, I should have failed it. I only passed by cheating. Sorry, Mom.) and yet decades later, I wonder about those organs I tried not to look at too closely in my little frog.I read Dr. Jauhar's first medical memoir, Interned, years ago. (Unfortunately, I missed his second memoir. This is his third.) Like in Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, in th...
  • Patricia
    This book had a lot of heart, but lacked purpose.
  • Tullyn
    This was a surprisingly addictive read, with the author masterfully weaving the scientific with the anecdotal.
  • Connie
    This is a beautifully written book that is a quick read and interesting. That being said, I felt like I was in a lecture hall in college.
  • Leah Porter
    A truly beautiful history of the complexities of the heart, both from a medical standpoint and from an emotional one. I loved every minute of this beautiful book!
  • Wendy
    Exquisite exploration of the heart itself, the history of treatments developed to heal it, and anecdotes that add (not detract) from the narrative. I'm definitely not a doctor, but this book struck a perfect chord of science and story.
  • Seth
    I was expecting this book to be dry, and too detailed about the anatomy and physiology of the heart, but I was pleasantly surprised! The author, who is a cardiologist, alternates between the history of the heart and stories about his patients. The history of the heart is filled with pretty interesting, and some just plain insane, stories. *Some* fascinating things I learned from this book: the purpose of the heart wasn't known until relatively re...
  • Melise
    This was a great read. The author, a cardiologist, alternates between stories from his own life revolving around him personally, and the history of different medical breakthroughs having to with treating the heart. He is an engaging writer and the book was a fascinating read. I highly recommend it. I read an advanced reading copy from Farrar, Straus and Giroux via NetGalley. Thanks.
  • Laura
    This is exactly the kind of book I love. Well-written elucidations of the evolution of scientific and medical ideas with entertaining details about the people involved: -On Mason Sones, who came up with coronary angiography, "...Sones was a bit of a lunatic. Even in an era when doctors lived and breathed medicine, Sones topped the charts. He routinely worked until midnight, holding his cigarettes with sterile forceps while he smoked in the cath l...
  • Nancy
    Do you want to live a long, healthy, and prosperous life? Don’t smoke. Exercise. Eat right. But also take good care of your interpersonal relationships and the way you deal with life’s inevitable upsets and traumas. Your mind-set, your coping strategies, how you navigate challenging circumstances, your capacity to transcend distress, your capacity to love – these things, I believe, are also a matter of life and death. I loved reading about ...
  • Donna Capern
    I both enjoyed and learned from this history of heart science. Dr. Jauhar's explanations of heart physiology, conditions and treatment are clear and easy to understand, if read carefully, but heart medicine becomes real and personal with his anecdotes and patient stories. I certainly got the impression that early heart pioneers were a rebel lot, and that while care and repair of heart conditions have come a long way, our sedentary but stressed We...
  • Joan
    I was introduced to this book as the January 2019 selection of the PBS NewsHour/New York Times Now Read This Book Club. It was a fascinating and enlightening read for me since heart disease runs in my family. The author is a cardiologist and also a talented writer. He does an excellent job of explaining the history of advances in cardiac care in a way that makes it accessible and interesting to those without a medical background. He also discusse...
  • Katrina Kennedy
    I loved this book. It chronicles the history of cardiac treatment with compelling stories and thoughtful technical detail. I understand my own congenital heart defect more having read this. I also realize how lucky I was to be born just ten years after many breakthroughs in cardiac care that made my first surgery in 1971 possible. I’m in awe of the original doctors who tested procedures on themselves because so many societal and legal limitatio...
  • Bryn
    I really didn't like this book. The author had very little that was nice to say about his colleagues or many of the patient cameos that he used to introduce some chapters; there were also a number of times that he focused on his own discomfort, instead of the larger poignancy of the moment (when they were spreading his mother's ashes and he was feeling seasick, for example), so the overall authorial voice was almost grating to me. Furthermore, th...
  • Katherine Lavelle
    This is the PBS News Hour Book Club pick for January, and I really enjoyed this book. I have three grandparents who all died of complications of congestive heart failure in their late 80s/early 90s, so it was interesting to read about the medical science as well as some philosophical and biographical discussion about these issues. This book is engaging and informative, and even someone who hasn't had a bio class since the 1990s could follow.
  • Kara
    The author does a great job of weaving the history of medical heart developments with patient profiles and even some philosophical musings on the heart. He also inserts himself as a patient into the book (worried about his own heart disease) and I thought that was weirdly unsatisfying. But that is a minor portion of the book and the rest of it was very interesting and written in a simple, accessible way.
  • Susan Morris
    What a fascinating read, and that’s from a very non-medical reader! I certainly didn’t understand everything, but it was well-written for the lay reader. I look forward to discussion online with NYT/PBS book club. (Own)
  • Georgina Lara
    I may be biased by the close study of my heart this year, having consults with a cardiologist and EKG specialist, after many years of wondering why I had bouts of tachycardia and routinely underperform at anything mildly athletic but I really loved this book. It is written by a cardiologist and is part memoir part history of the advances and discoveries regarding the heart. He makes a great point that the biological heart is linked to the “meta...
  • Virginia L. Withall
    A must read for anyone with a heart!First, I think Dr. Jauhar is a wonder author. He writes about the heart so that everyone can under stand it inter-workings without needing a medical background. I have a medical background and it was even more interesting to me. I appreciate snippets within the book about him personally and also about his family. The history of everything from heart catherizations to the event of heart transplants were extremel...
  • Cathy
    The whole book is informative and quite readable. I found myself relating interesting tidbits and reading passages aloud to my husband, which is always a good indication that a nonfiction book is catching my interest and getting my train of thought moving. It’s educational in a non-textbook way and, once again, a reminder to us all that we must do better to take care of ourselves emotionally to truly take better care of this organ that has yet ...
  • Kristen
    I wish that I could rate this book a bit more highly - there is some interesting information here. However the book suffers from a lack of identity, part medical history, part case study, part autobiography. This, combined with jumps in topic and time, made it difficult to get invested.
  • Marilyn Smith
    The heart is revered for its mysteries of function and dysfunction throughout history. The beauty of this book is Jauhar's weaving of increasingly complex technological advances and our fundamental wonder of the ways of our hearts.
  • Cindy Leighton
    Throughout this history of the heart - how our knowledge about it evolved over time, the advances made in surgeries, in angioplasty, pacemakers, heart-lung machines, medications - Jauhar returns over and over again to the impact of the emotional heart on the physical heart. Many cultures have imagined the heart as the center of emotion, and although we know physiologically that is not true, Jauhar cites study after study after study revealing wha...