Pages: 288
Subject: Popular Science, Biography
Imprint: Oneworld


A History

Sandeep Jauhar

A doctor's inspiring obsession with the heart, seamlessly combining history, gripping scenes from the operating theatre and a moving personal story
9781786072955 (27 Sep 2018)
RRP £14.99

The Book

A Mail on Sunday Book of the Year

The heart lies at the centre of every facet of our existence. It's so bound up with our deepest feelings that emotional trauma causes it to change shape.

Practising cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar beautifully weaves his own experiences with the defining discoveries of the past to tell the story of our most vital organ. He looks at some of the pioneers who risked their careers and their patients' lives to better understand the heart. People like Daniel Hale Williams, who performed the world's first documented heart surgery, and Wilson Greatbatch, who accidentally invented the pacemaker.

Amid gripping scenes from the operating theatre, Jauhar interweaves stories about the patients he's treated with the moving tale of his family's own history of heart problems, from his grandfather's sudden death in India - an event that sparked his life-long obsession - to the ominous signs of how he himself might die.

He also confronts the limits of medical technology and argues that future progress will be determined more by how we choose to live rather than by any device we invent.

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science, Biography
Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Sandeep Jauhar is director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is the New York Times bestselling author of two medical memoirs and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He lives on Long Island with his wife and their son and daughter.


'[An] absorbing book about the vital organ that keeps us alive.'

- Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year 2018

‘Part-memoir, part-history of his medical specialty, Heart links the physical organ with the emotional one.'

- Spectator

‘A moving narrative echoing to the beat of "this organ, prime mover and citadel”.'

- Nature

‘Gripping… Jauhar hooks the reader of Heart from the first few pages… Most chapters launch with a riveting scene… Fun facts are sprinkled throughout… Heart is chock-full of absorbing tales that infuse fresh air into a topic that is often relegated to textbooks or metaphors about pumps, plumbing, or love.'

- New York Times Book Review

‘Dr. Jauhar expertly weaves little-known tales from medical history into his own personal and professional experiences to create a richly detailed book about the human heart. Thoroughly engrossing and full of historical gems.'

- Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art

‘Jauhar…is our trusty guide through a compelling story about what makes each and every one of us tick… Both primer and ode, Heart is a fascinating education for those of us who harbour this most hallowed organ but know little about it.'

- Washington Post

‘Sandeep Jauhar writes with the eye of a doctor and the heart of a poet. His latest book, Heart: A History, is a superb tribute to our most vital organ.'

- Marilyn Yalom, Stanford University, author of The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love

‘The cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar has become a Dante of modern medicine… Heart: A History is something of a "Paradiso,” pointing to the field's brightest and noblest stars while recognizing just how much darkness is still left in the firmament… Poignant and chattily erudite.'

- Wall Street Journal

‘Cardiologist Jauhar moves beautifully between "dual tracks” of "learning about the heart…but also what was in my heart,”… Covering enough physiology to make scientific details easily understood, Jauhar emphasizes how brave, desperate, and sometimes foolhardy experiments led to important developments, such as the heart-lung machine… Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder.'

- Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

‘In Heart: A History, Sandeep Jauhar, one of the most talented physician-writers of our era, takes us on an enlightening, uplifting journey through the major milestones and advances of heart disease - while at the same time anchoring his intimate, personal experiences.'

- Eric Topol, Scripps Research Institute, author of The Patient Will See You Now