Book ID: CBB001214282

Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care (2013)


Jones, David S. (Author)

Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: xiii + 319 pp.; ill.; maps
Language: English

Still the leading cause of death worldwide, heart disease challenges researchers, clinicians, and patients alike. Each day, thousands of patients and their doctors make decisions about coronary angioplasty and bypass surgery. In Broken Hearts David S. Jones sheds light on the nature and quality of those decisions. He describes the debates over what causes heart attacks and the efforts to understand such unforeseen complications of cardiac surgery as depression, mental fog, and stroke. Why do doctors and patients overestimate the effectiveness and underestimate the dangers of medical interventions, especially when doing so may lead to the overuse of medical therapies? To answer this question, Jones explores the history of cardiology and cardiac surgery in the United States and probes the ambiguities and inconsistencies in medical decision making. Based on extensive reviews of medical literature and archives, this historical perspective on medical decision making and risk highlights personal, professional, and community outcomes.

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Review Carsten Timmermann (2015) Review of "Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care". Social History of Medicine (pp. 418-419). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, David S.
Miller, G. Wayne
Brink, Susan
Levy, Daniel
Hamraoui, Eric
Goenka, Ajit H.
Journal of Medical Biography
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Times Books
Editions L. Pariente
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
Emory University
Cardiovascular disease
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Disease and diseases
Lillehei, Clarence Walton
Vakil, Rustom Jal
Dercum, Francis Xavier
Carrel, Alexis
United States
20th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
19th century

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