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The man spotlighted in the title is Werner Forssmann (1904-1979), a German physician who in 1929 inserted a urethral catheter his arm and fearlessly guided it up to the right atrium of the heart. The first human cardiac catheterization eventually won him a Nobel Prize, but not before this youthful act of courage severely damaged his career. Forssmann is only one of the fascinating, sometimes equally eccentric heart doctors and researchers featured in this new book by biologist Rob Dunn (The Wild Life of Our Bodies; Every Living Thing). With stories about medicine from ancient Greek and Egyptian times to the near present, this history tells the tale of an organ that keeps the beat billions of time in our lifetime.