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The matter of the heart : a history of the heart in eleven operations / Thomas Morris.

  • Morris, Thomas
  • Books

About this work


For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late nineteenth century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. The following decades saw the mysteries of the heart exposed, thanks to pioneering surgeons, brave patients and even sacrificial dogs. In eleven landmark operations, Thomas Morris tells us stroies of triumph, reckless bravery, swaggering arrogance, jealousy and rivalry, and incredible ingenuity: the trail-blazing 'blue baby' procedure that transformed wheezing infants into pink, healthy children; the first human heart transplant, which made headline news around the globe.


London : The Bodley Head, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, 2017.

Physical description

414 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-401) and index.


  • English

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    History of Medicine OO.V


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