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Must-Have 4 Valentines Book : The Sublime Engine

abstract:You've got one week cupid. I recommend a confection with greater than 60% cocoa to stimulate the serotonin levels plus this new book by Stephen and Thomas Amidon, The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart scheduled for release February 14th, Valentine's Day.
(Kindle version)

These two quotes on their twitter page piqued my interest:
"What we find words for is already dead in our heart."
"Every kiss a heart-quake," —Lord Byron, Don Juan.

A book with the perfect blend of art and science about the very organ that makes us tick physically, emotionally and metaphorically. Written by two brothers, one a cardiologist, the other a novelist, The Sublime Engine encompasses science, religion, literature and the arts. The heart has been the symbol of humanity from the time of the Egyptians and ancient Greece through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right up to the modern era.

“No matter how much you think you know about the heart, you will be enlightened and entertained by this fascinating book. From its image as a religious icon and the seat of thoughts and feelings, we are led through the great discoveries of its function, its diseases, and its cures, including the most up-to-date therapies and promising clinical research.”—William Parmley, M.D., former Chief of Cardiology, UCSF, past president of the American College of Cardiology.

Our heart beats an average of 3 billion times during an 80-year lifespan. We speak, feel and react with our hearts; heartaches are the viceral response to sorrow. We know and feel excitement and desire when our heart quickens and sometimes skips a beat, or when we blush - that physiologic response dilating vessels in our face and body.

As a writer and history buff I love all the literary references. But in my former life (yes ppl, there was life before BookBuffet) I worked in the Massachusetts General Hospital's critical care cardiac unit. I've saved lives, administered CPR, seen open chests with beating hearts and witnessed death. The Sublime Engine's attention to cardiac physiology and up-to-date medical knowledge on heart disease and how to maintain a healthy heart make this a truly unique tribute to this vital topic!


February 07, 2011



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