The Sublime Engine by Stephen Amidon
A Biography of the Human Heart

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    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.
 

About Stephen Amidon

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Stephen Amidon is the coauthor of The Sublime Engine and the author of six novels, including The New City and Human Capital. He lives in western Massachusetts.
 
Published January 18, 2011 by Rodale. 258 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Novelist Stephen Amidon (Security, 2009, etc.) and his brother, cardiologist Thomas Amidon, examine the “different ways that we have thought about the heart ever since it first took root in the Western imagination.” The authors begin with an account of the Egyptian practice of mummifying the bo...

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readers may in fact be more inspired to "start jogging and eat fewer cheeseburgers" by Amidon (author of Human Capital) and Amidon (a practicing cardiologist) than by their own GP, which makes a final tale of two very different men who suffer heart attacks, and the disparity of care that they rec...

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An emblem of passion, love, religious spirit, life itself—and the object of ever more sophisticated scientific study.

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The Sublime Engine explores the profound sense of awe every person feels when they ponder the miracle encased within the ribs.
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