Friday, April 03, 2015

Seven of the best books on the heart

Rob Dunn, associate professor of Ecology and Evolution in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University, is the author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies, Every Living Thing and, most recently, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery.

At The Daily Beast he tagged seven top books with literal or figurative hearts, including:
The first attempts to mend the congenitally deformed hearts of children depended on the doctors Helen Taussig and Alfred Blalock, but also a third person, Vivien Thomas. Vivien Thomas was the African American assistant to Dr. Alfred Blalock. It was Thomas’s amazing (and initially unheralded) surgical skills that helped to transform the fate of children born with congenital deformities. In Partners of the Heart (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989), Thomas tells his own amazing story.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue