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.
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About the Author
Stephen Amidon is the author of six novels, including The New City and Human Capital. His fiction has been published in fifteen countries, and he is a regular contributor of essays and criticism to newspapers and magazines in the United States and Great Britain.
Tom Amidon, MD is a cardiologist in Bellevue, Washington, Cardiology Section Chief at Overlake Hospital in Seattle, a clinical instructor at Washington University, author of dozens of articles and co-author of the cardiology chapter in the top-selling medical textbook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An intriguing look into the history of the heart, its foundations in ancient culture, and its enduring role as a key player in medical innovation. Narratives of man's journey across time into physiological self-discovery and understanding make the story of the heart all the more human. A thoughtful read for anyone who wants to get to know the heart on a deeper level.