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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J. White, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book, written by a PhD in comparative literature, consists of a series of essays on the human heart. The essays combine scientific and cultural themes involving the human heart.
Purpose: The purpose is to interpret the human heart both from a scientific view as well as the much older cultural view of the heart. The author meets these objectives.
Audience: The book is written to appeal to anyone with an interest in the significance of the human heart, including those in the medical community, cardiology patients and their families, and anyone interested in the meaning and health of the human heart. It will appeal to persons involved in the scientific community as well as those interested in culture and philosophy.
Features: Stories of four heart patients are detailed, each with different illnesses and philosophies on healing. The book incorporates both a scientific as well as a cultural approach to heart disease.
Assessment: This well written, nonfiction text and captures the reader's interest. It provides a conceptual view of the human heart, incorporating both scientific and cultural aspects.