The Sublime Engine

A Biography of the Human Heart

By Stephen Amidon; Thomas Amidon
(Rodale Press, Paperback, 9781609613792, 242pp.)

Publication Date: January 17, 2012

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The heart has consistently captured the human imagination. It has been singled out as a cultural icon, 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" by Stephen Amidon and Thomas Amidon, MD will explore the profound sense of awe every person feels when they ponder the miracle encased within their ribs.
In this lyrical history of our most essential organ, 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 four sections: 'The Ancient Heart, ' 'The Renaissance Heart, ' 'The Modern Heart' and 'The Future Heart, ' each section will focus on a major epoch in our understanding of the heart and the hidden history of cardiology. Erudite, witty, and enthralling, "The Sublime Engine" will make the heart come alive for readers.

About the Author
Stephen Amidon is the author of ten books, including the novel Human Capital, which was recently made into an award-winning Italian film. He recently lived in London, where he worked as a film critic, and now lives in Boston with his wife and children.

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