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The Source of All Things: A Heart Surgeon's Quest to Understand Our Most Mysterious Organ

The Source of All Things: A Heart Surgeon's Quest to Understand Our Most Mysterious Organ

The Source of All Things: A Heart Surgeon's Quest to Understand Our Most Mysterious Organ

The Source of All Things: A Heart Surgeon's Quest to Understand Our Most Mysterious Organ

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Overview

In the tradition of Henry Marsh’s Do No Harm, Reinhard Friedl's The Source of All Things is a heart surgeon’s personal investigation of the human heart, moving from his riveting clinical experiences to a more poetic understanding of its workings.

The heart is our most important organ. Yet despite that it has not changed since the appearance of Homo sapiens 300,000 years ago, it is also our most mysterious. In most human cultures, it is seen as the source of love, sympathy, joy, courage, strength and wisdom.

What if the heart could answer questions neurosciences can’t begin to? Having witnessed the extraordinary complexity and unpredictability of human hearts in the operating theatre—each one individual, like a fingerprint—heart surgeon Reinhard Friedl looked again at this “primitive pump” to reconcile it with his experiences from thousands of heart operations.

In this book, he presents findings from various scientific disciplines, such as secret connections of the heart and brain and their influence on emotions and consciousness. He reveals the miracle that is the heart that we speak about so often yet is strangely foreign to many human beings.

Full of compelling patient stories, The Source of All Things ends with a plea: that we recognize the heart’s wisdom and adopt a more heart-centered way of living, leading to greater health and more joy.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250274861
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/24/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 642,997
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

DR. REINHARD FRIEDL is an eminent surgeon who has held thousands of hearts in his hands. He has operated on premature babies and repaired the heart valves of patients well advanced in years. He has implanted artificial heart turbines and stitched knife wounds to the heart.

Table of Contents

Revealing the Heart 1

The Six-Cylinder Bio-Turbine 19

Heart on the Table 27

The Bleeding Heart 41

One Heart After Another 51

Chimeras of the Heart 57

The Colorful Neuroshow 67

Heart Tone 87

Wisdom from the Heart 95

Hearts in Sync 111

The Heart in the Incubator 135

What the Heart Can Feel 147

Danse Macabre 155

The Heart in the Eyes 173

Loving 183

The Lonely Heart 195

The Big Picture 211

Heart Consciousness 221

Heart Encounter 237

Farewell to the Artificial Heart 251

Homo cor 263

Acknowledgments 277

Notes 279

Index 297

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