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** Heart by Sandeep Jauhar

Written by a cardiologist, Heart: A History¬†recounts the evolution of his specialty, starting with the very erroneous views of the Ancient Greeks, through Harvey, who discovered, as he says, the how of ¬†blood circulation but not the why — and various mavericks including Forssmann, who came up with the idea of authorizing the heart, catheterized his own and was fired for it, then went on to win the Nobel Prize for it, decades later.

The author wrote two rather dark memoirs before this book, Intern and Doctored, and there are memoir-like moments in this book, not always completely successful. The historical sweep is effective, however.

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