1 The human heart: an overview - Louisa Young (interview: Sir Terence English). 2 The anatomised heart: understanding the pump - Jonathan Miller (interview: Peter Allinson). 3 The Renaissance heart: the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci - Francis Wells (interview: Francis Wells). 4 The sacred heart: Christian symbolism - Emily Jo Sargent (interview: Mike St Maur Sheil). 5 The emotional heart: mind body and soul - Fay Bound Alberti (interview: Martin Elliott). 6 The transplanted heart: surgery in the 1960s - Ayesha Nathoo (interview: Meera Rajan). 7 The beating heart: same song, different rhythym - Ted Bianco (interview: Gurleen Sharland). 8 The broken heart: the story of 'Heartbreak Hotel' - Michael Bracewell (interview: Chris Rodley). 9 Sick at heart: appetite versus technology in the twenty-first century - Jon Turney
'The many meanings of the heart are reflected in the diverse approaches adopted by the contributors, whether through the meticulous drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, an examination of how organ transplanation prompted questions about the true source of life, or through pop songs and religion. The book also highlights the newest developments in cardiac surgery and considers future alternatives, while interviews with surgeons and patients reveal professional and personal relationships with this miraculous and intriguing organ.'