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The Exquisite Machine by Sian E. Harding
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Sep 20, 2022 | ISBN 9780262047142

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Praise

“The idea of the heart as a red cartoon bubble holding our emotions is one we generally let go of in childhood. We learn that the heart is just a bloody machine. The mind is where we feel things.
But there’s truth in that elementary-school version of the heart, too, says Sian Harding, an emeritus professor of cardiac pharmacology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London. In her new book, The Exquisite Machine: The New Science of the Heart, the heart researcher argues that this organ is deeply linked to our emotions. That connection can kill you. It can also help keep you alive…Harding wrote her book because she wants people to know that our blood-pumping organ and its impressive tricks deserve all our cartoon-heart emoji.”
The Boston Globe

Table Of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Threats to the Heart: A Thousand Natural Shocks 9
3 The Science of the Really Small 29
4 Big Data–Many Hearts that Beat as One? 45
5 The Plastic Heart 69
6 The Responsive Heart–Emotion in Motion 83
7 Can You (Not) Die of a Broken Heart? 99
8 The Gendered Heart 119
9 The Mechanical Heart 135
10 Can Stem Cells Help Us Grow a New Heart? 151
11 When Will the Future be Here? 173
Acknowledgments 193
Notes 195
Index 215

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