Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Journey into the Heart: A Tale of Pioneering Doctors and Their Race to Transform Cardiovascular Medicine Hardcover – February 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1592402656 ISBN-10: 1592402658 Edition: 1st
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, February 1, 2007
"Please retry"
$58.86 $0.03
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Check out The Amazon Book Review, our editors' fresh new blog featuring interviews with authors, book reviews, quirky essays on book trends, and regular columns by our editors. Explore now

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This engrossing if overwritten account pays tribute to the unconventional heroes of the past century who have greatly enhanced human life expectancy. Monagan, a medical journalist, and Williams, head of interventional cardiology at Brown/Rhode Island Hospital, dedicate the bulk of their well-researched story to Andreas Gruentzig, an East German refugee who landed at Atlanta's Emory University in 1980 and whose balloon angioplasty breakthroughs have meant knifeless surgery for millions of patients. Another doctor who earlier changed the face of cardiovascular medicine was Nobel laureate and repentant former Nazi Werner Forssmann, an impetuous German who had performed death-defying experiments on himself in the 1920s, including threading a catheter into his heart—the first time the feat was ever performed on a human subject. An early specialist in pediatric cardiology in the Cleveland Clinic in the 1950s, Mason Sones pioneered fluoroscopic pinpoint mappings of the hidden recesses of the coronary arteries, paving the way for coronary bypass surgery. People suffering from—and surviving—cardiovascular disease may be curious to read about the advances that have saved their lives. (Feb. 1)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

If veteran science writer Monagan is out to prove that all medical drama doesn't take place in emergency rooms or hospital stairwells, he has done it. As he recounts the accomplishments of the twentieth century's innovators in cardiovascular medicine, he profiles a handful of players who stand out as personally and professionally remarkable, none more so than charismatic East German refugee Andreas Gruentzig, whose vision and improbable kitchen-table experiments attracted colleagues' ridicule, but whose invention, cardiovascular angioplasty, left him laughing all the way to the bank. His may have been and still may be the most dramatic breakthrough of his day, inspiring as it did a multibillion-dollar medical-device industry and eliminating the risk of open-heart surgery for many, but he stood on the shoulders of others, either predecessors or contemporaries grasping for and achieving the same outcome, triumph over heart disease. Today, thanks to Gruentzig and the likes of Werner Forssmann, Mason Sones, and Charles Dotter, millions are not only cheating death but enjoying longer, better lives. Donna Chavez
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592402656
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Important Information

Ingredients
Example Ingredients

Directions
Example Directions

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Minnock on April 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I came to this book thinking it was truly a journey into the heart and its functioning. The book was actually a studied history of angioplasty, the use of catheters to clear the cardiac arteries and reduce the risk of heart attacks. Several themes stand out and make the book worthy of serious reading. The story again shows that medicine is now barely 100 years old in any modern sense as there is very little of note in the heart prior to 1900. Also, the book shows how much the review process has changed in the past fifty years, with surgical options which were untested and unproven being used with some regularity. Finally, the book profiles the leading researches and shows that medicine, like any other profession, is full of talented but unusual people.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Michael J. Kallok on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book presents a colorful but accurate history of the development of treatments for heart disease, featuring angioplasty in honor of Andreas Gruntzig, the first cardiologist to perform this procedure. I was fortunate to have worked in the medical device industry and actually know many of the mentioned people in the book. This is agreat read for those familiar with the technology and a good introduction for those not.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. BRAZILE on May 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a well-written and light description of the foundations of modern history of invasive and interventional cardiology, such as angioplasty, until the mid 1980s. General science readers who are particularly fascinated by the history of science and technology, the management and practices of research scientists and doctors, and the personalities behind the innovations are likely to find this book entertaining. For instance, a man literally worked on the kitchen table in his apartment for years perfecting a device that his peers scoffed at, which is now a billion dollar industry.

There are also some anecdotal conclusions drawn about the differences between Germanic and Swiss driven research culture and environments versus their US counterparts, such as what happens when the rigorous, precise Germanic research approach for experimentation meets the highly competitive, economic-driven research and business culture in the US. Having worked in both US and Swiss research facilities, I personally found the basic research culture differences suggested in the book to be historically interesting, though practices seem to be changing over time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry S. Dean on October 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written book that very nicely details the history of interventional cardiovascular techniques. It is a good read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a professor and have given this book to a number of my graduate students over the years after falling in love with it myself. The book captures the spirit of the 60's and 70's during the truly heroic period of cardiac surgery, early medical imaging, and the invention of catheter based treatment. The book also describes a big personality, another feature of of both that era and today. Visionaries do still come along and this books gives us insight into how they think, how to work with them, how to appreciate them, and how they sometimes disappear from our midst prematurely.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Lauren Haas on December 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book! Very well written. Tells the history of heart medicine and delves into each doctor or inventor's personal story behind their discoveries so that it's more of an interesting narrative, rather than just a historical account. If you are interested in the cardiovascular system or medicine at all, I would highly recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Lorri on April 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was recommended to me from a fellow heart attach survivor, and the history of cardiac care was so interesting! I'd recommend this for anyone who has heart problems, and for those who know someone who does... I guess that might be lots and lots of people!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: journeys of the heart book